The ethical practice of teaching literacy : accountability or responsibility

Kostogriz, Alex and Doecke, Brenton 2013, The ethical practice of teaching literacy : accountability or responsibility, Australian journal of language and literacy, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 90-98.

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Title The ethical practice of teaching literacy : accountability or responsibility
Author(s) Kostogriz, Alex
Doecke, Brenton
Journal name Australian journal of language and literacy
Volume number 36
Issue number 2
Start page 90
End page 98
Total pages 9
Publisher Australian Literacy Educators Association
Place of publication Adelaide, S. A.
Publication date 2013-06-01
ISSN 1038-1562
Keyword(s) standardised literacy testing
professional ethics
English literacy teachers
Notes This article focuses on the recent introduction by the Australian government of standardised literacy testing, and raises questions about the impact of this reform on the professional ethics of English literacy teachers in primary and secondary schools. We draw on data collected as part of a major research project, involving interviews with teachers about their experiences of implementing standardised testing in Victoria and South Australia that focused on the changing nature of their work practices through the implementation of such tests. The paper traces the ways in which teachers' work is increasingly being mediated by standardised literacy testing to show how these teachers struggle with the tensions between state-wide mandates and a sense of responsibility towards their students. Through an analysis of research data collected in public schools, the paper challenges circumscribed understandings of ethical practice on the part of teachers as a matter of being publicly accountable through mechanisms like the publication of standardised test results. It invokes, instead, a situated notion of professional ethics as responsiveness to those around us. The paper argues the primacy of an ethic of care that cannot be measured, and which is enacted in resistance to the judgments made by standardised tests.
Language eng
Field of Research 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Socio Economic Objective 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2013
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055129

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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