Articulations of teaching practice: a case study of teachers and "general capabilities"

Skourdoumbis, Andrew 2016, Articulations of teaching practice: a case study of teachers and "general capabilities", Asia Pacific education review, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 545-554, doi: 10.1007/s12564-016-9460-7.

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Title Articulations of teaching practice: a case study of teachers and "general capabilities"
Author(s) Skourdoumbis, AndrewORCID iD for Skourdoumbis, Andrew
Journal name Asia Pacific education review
Volume number 17
Issue number 4
Start page 545
End page 554
Total pages 10
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-12
ISSN 1598-1037
Keyword(s) general capabilities
teaching practice
qualitative research
Summary The research reported on in this paper is a qualitative case study of secondary school teachers’ interpretations of how they work with a component of the Australian national curriculum, the seven “general capabilities.” The case study of four secondary school teachers utilized teacher interviews eliciting via descriptive analysis how teachers understand and work with the “general capabilities.” The Australian curriculum listing explicit “general capabilities” alongside endorsed disciplines and cross-curriculum priorities requires teachers and their associated classroom practice(s) bond to practical dexterities. Policy expectations are such that the knowledge, skills, behaviors and dispositions of the “general capabilities,” along with curriculum content and cross-curriculum priority areas will support students to successfully live and work in the twenty-first century. While policy expectations appear well defined, including expectations that teachers navigate and implement relevant curriculum in creative ways, the study underpinning this paper finds that teachers assert their professional and pedagogic authority over the curriculum by enacting and translating it for the benefit of their students.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s12564-016-9460-7
Field of Research 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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