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Teacher agency: the effects of active and passive responses to curriculum change

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posted on 2024-06-13, 11:59 authored by G Jenkins
Teacher agency is enacted when teachers attempt to control or influence curriculum in an effort to achieve their desired outcomes. This article presents the results of a longitudinal qualitative case study which explored teacher agency using the Triadic Reciprocity Framework Core Agency Concepts (TRFCAC) model. The current study identified teacher agency manifested in three ways—proactively, reactively and passively, as influenced by the many contextual factors (determinants) which affected teachers. Teacher effectiveness in implementing curriculum change was shown to be heavily dependent on school leadership, teacher relationships with leaders and colleagues, and school operational practices and school culture, as well as personal motivation. Collegiality and perceptions of trust increased the likelihood of proactive agency, whereas job intensity and constant curriculum change led to increased occurrences of reactive agency. Passive agency resulted from poor relationships with school leaders, personal reluctance to change curriculum or lack of knowledge of school procedures.

History

Journal

Australian educational researcher

Volume

47

Pagination

167-181

Location

Dordrecht, The Netherlands

ISSN

0311-6999

eISSN

2210-5328

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2019, The Australian Association for Research in Education, Inc.

Issue

1

Publisher

Springer