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1st Edition

Teacher Agency, Professional Development and School Improvement

ISBN 9781138093744
Published December 2, 2019 by Routledge
164 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Highlighting the role of teachers in school change, Teacher Agency, Professional Development and School Improvement explores the important related issues of professional identity, teacher self-efficacy, leadership and autonomy in the context of contested improvement agendas.

Providing analytical frameworks and practical models, this book:

  • Offers examples of projects, programmes and narratives to illustrate the role of teachers in school change
  • Invites readers to reconceptualise professional development and re-imagine school improvement
  • Focuses on enabling teacher agency as the foundation for improvement
  • Emphasises the importance of human agency to influence environments, lives and learning
  • Provides strategies for improvement with integrity amidst powerful accountability requirements and external forces for change.

At the heart of this book is a fresh perspective on schooling, in which teacher agency is considered a fundamental dimension of professional development and key to school improvement. This raises necessary and challenging questions about purposes and processes in education. With practical ideas and strategies that can be used to inform and evaluate practice and policy, Teacher Agency, Professional Development and School Improvement is essential reading for headteachers and teachers wishing to lead changes to improve their school and for teacher educators who support them.

Table of Contents

    List of illustrations  



    Chapter 1 "… a difference needs to be made"

    Chapter 2 Improving Schools in Context 

    Chapter 3 Professional Development, Identity and Agency

    Chapter 4 The Role of Teachers in Changing Schools 

    Chapter 5 Leading School Cultures to Support Teacher Agency

    Chapter 6 An Agentic Framework for Education

    Chapter 7 Agency in Action: Participation and Voice

    Chapter 8 Agency for Sustainable Futures 


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Judy Durrant is Head of Postgraduate Programmes in the Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.