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Title: The teacher and the curriculum: exploring teacher agency
Author(s): Priestley, Mark
Biesta, Gert
Philippou, Stavroula
Robinson, Sarah
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Editor(s): Wyse, D
Hayward, L
Pandya, J
Sponsor: Economic and Social Research Council
Citation: Priestley M, Biesta G, Philippou S & Robinson S (2016) The teacher and the curriculum: exploring teacher agency. In: Wyse D, Hayward L & Pandya J (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment. London: SAGE Publications Ltd, pp. 187-201.
Keywords: Teacher agency
professional agency
teacher autonomy
curriculum policy
curriculum change
curriculum regulation
curriculum enactment
Issue Date: Jan-2016
Date Deposited: 23-Apr-2015
Abstract: A key debate in the curriculum field has centred on the extent to which teachers should or could achieve agency over the curriculum they enact. Threats to teacher agency have come from top-down control of curricula, either through input regulation (prescription of content, methods and/or teaching materials) or output regulation (steering through outcomes). Drawing upon an ecological model to explore the concept of teacher agency, this chapter will illustrate through empirical research conducted in Scotland and Cyprus, how it manifests in various ways through teachers’ work. The chapter concludes with a discussion of why it is important to understand and take into account teacher agency when formulating and developing curriculum policy.
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