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LRDG seminar: I am not a 'good' teacher; I don't do all their paperwork. Teachers' resistance to changing accountability demands. Karin Tusting, Lancaster University

Date: 20 November 2007 Time: 1.00 - 2.00 pm

The implementation of the Skills for Life strategy introduced a new system for adult language, literacy and numeracy education, with a more centralised curriculum and testing regime. This was perceived by many teachers as a challenge to their established learner-centred approach. Teacher interviews from the Adult Learners' Lives project have been re-analysed to see what they can tell us about these teachers' experiences of the introduction of new national accountability systems. The re-analysis offers a snapshot of the challenges teachers faced with the introduction of the new system, and the strategies they developed to deal with these challenges. More importantly, perhaps, I will present an analysis of these interviews which explains why such changes were often experienced as difficulties, in terms of competing discourses of what it is to be a 'good' teacher, which has resonances beyond the specifics of this particular situation. I have recently begun a new project, 'Paperwork and pressure in educational settings: the textual mediation of target culture', which explores similar issues in more depth, and would be particularly interested in discussing with the group the implications of this work for the new research.

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Who can attend: Anyone


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Organising departments and research centres: Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

Keyword: Literacy


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