The teacher educator as (re)negotiated professional : critical incidents in steering between state and market in Australia

Danaher, P. A., Gale, Trevor and Erben, Tony 2000, The teacher educator as (re)negotiated professional : critical incidents in steering between state and market in Australia, Journal of education for teaching, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 55-71.

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Title The teacher educator as (re)negotiated professional : critical incidents in steering between state and market in Australia
Author(s) Danaher, P. A.
Gale, Trevor
Erben, Tony
Journal name Journal of education for teaching
Volume number 26
Issue number 1
Start page 55
End page 71
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, England
Publication date 2000
ISSN 0260-7476
1360-0540
Keyword(s) dominant discourse
higher education
competitiveness
professional lives
teachers
Summary A dominant discourse in western higher education circles is currently concerned— even obsessed—with the marketisation of knowledge as a commodity to be purchased and traded [Healy (1998); Poole (1998); Richardson (1998)]. These developments are broadly allied with managerial changes that some have called ‘steering at a distance’ [Kickert (1991); Marceav (1993)] whereby the control by the state of individual higher education workers is maintained and intensified at the same time that pressure is applied to 'wean' universities from government funding. This paper explores a different kind of 'steering', the kind that is being engaged by Australian teacher educators confronted by developing competitiveness in higher education. We argue that these changes compel teacher educators to (re)negotiate their professionalisms; to re-examine their attitudes towards, and values within, education and its practices as they (individually and collectively) steer new courses through the state and the market. We illustrate our argument by referring to three critical incidents in the professional lives of teacher educators located within a globalised, multi-campus and provincial Australian university, yet with important implications also for teacher educators outside Australia. We posit the (re)negotiated professionalisms manifested in those incidents as a few among several potential kinds of steering by Australian teacher educators.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2000, Journal of Education for Teaching
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