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Renegotiating reflective and ethical practice in a liquid education system

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posted on 2024-06-04, 00:13 authored by Andrew SkourdoumbisAndrew Skourdoumbis, Sue Bennett
Skourdoumbis and Bennett draw attention to the constantly changing 2 global environment in which education systems are embedded and to which they 3 have been required to respond. Drawing on Zygmunt Bauman’s characterisation of 4 the apparently ‘liquid’ economic, social and political environments that characterise 5 late modernity in which it seems nothing is solid, irreplaceable, permanent or in a 6 sense deeply trustworthy and dependable, they discuss the consequences for educa-7 tion. The global response has been widely described as a neo-liberal response with its 8 characteristic demands for accountability, efficiency and compliance with standards 9 monitored through management and policy strategies that require measurable out-10 comes. The consequences for teachers’ work in this environment of increasingly rou-11 tine procedures and decreasing professional autonomy are deeply troubling. Teachers 12 are increasingly drawn away from the personal, humane and community relations 13 that they still know are the fundamental characteristics of their daily work and are 14 confronted with ethical issues, if not crises, arising from the apparently contradictory 15 discourses of audit, accountability and compliance that constrain them. The authors 16 illustrate these moments of ethical confrontation with reference to typical challenges 17 faced daily by teachers as they strive to retain a sense of authentic endeavour.

History

Chapter number

11

Pagination

163-176

Open access

  • Yes

ISBN-13

9789813294004

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Copyright notice

2019, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd

Extent

13

Editor/Contributor(s)

Webster RS

Publisher

Springer

Place of publication

Singapore

Title of book

Rethinking reflection and ethics for teachers