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New Teacher Survival and Development in a Neo-liberal World

Unwin, A; (2019) New Teacher Survival and Development in a Neo-liberal World. International Journal of Innovative Business Strategies , 5 (2) pp. 296-302. 10.20533/ijibs.2046.3626.2019.0040. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper explores how new teachers can understand and develop their practice in pressurized working contexts. Performativity [4] and marketization agendas foster cultures of high stakes assessment at all levels: students, teachers and schools. Presentism [10] exists in several forms with immediacy and results being foregrounded over the consideration of longer-term perspectives on learning. These factors along with teacher shortages and high turnover [16] undermine more nuanced teacher development. This paper uses data from teachers undertaking a Masters module in their newly qualified teacher (NQT) year. It found in this case that carefully designed professional development with other teachers beyond their school can counter short termism and the negative aspects of performativity and presentism. That by foregrounding the situated experiences of teachers, a ‘way in’ is provided for new teachers to understand more fully the complexities, dilemmas and strategies encountered in their own and others’ professional practice. By thinking about and problematizing the complexities of their teaching; they are required to adopt an enquiry approach. They may be able to debate (with colleagues and students) about what alternatives might be usefully considered to the neoliberal model for education.

Type: Article
Title: New Teacher Survival and Development in a Neo-liberal World
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.20533/ijibs.2046.3626.2019.0040
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.20533/ijibs.2046.3626.2019.0040
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10090033
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