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dc.contributor.advisorPriestley, Mark-
dc.contributor.advisorDrew, Valerie-
dc.contributor.authorHizli Alkan, Sinem-
dc.identifier.citationHizli Alkan, S. (2021). Curriculum making as relational practice: A qualitative ego-network approach. The Curriculum Journal. doi:10.1002/curj.98 Hizli Alkan, S., & Priestley, M. (2019). Teacher mediation of curriculum making: The role of reflexivity. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 51(5), 737–754. doi:10.1080/00220272.2019.1637943en_GB
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores teachers’ curriculum making practices, with a particular attention to teachers’ reflexivity and networks – two key topics that attract much interest in research and policy. The thesis adopts a mixed methods approach to explore curriculum making and to delve into a range of meanings and experiences attached to teachers’ practices. Scottish and Welsh contexts, where teachers are seen as key change agents and where large-scale curriculum reforms have been undertaken, frame this research. This study uses some theoretical and philosophical concepts derived from: • Margaret Archer’s Internal Conversation Theory • Pierpola Donati’s and Margaret Archer’s work on the relationality of human actions • Social Network Theory, and particularly Brea Perry’s and his colleagues’ work on egocentric network analysis • Athasani Chalari’s theory of the mediation between internal and external conversations • Critical realism, and especially the work of Berth Danermark and his colleagues. These concepts are blended to investigate the mediatory role of internal and external conversations in teachers’ curriculum making as relational practice. Drawing from these conceptual tools, I offer an analytical framework to examine teacher mediation of curriculum making in different contexts. This research was carried out with eight secondary school teachers; 6 from Scotland and 2 from Wales. Research activities involved: • 16 full-day participant and non-participant observations (2 days in each school setting) • 8 semi-structured interviews • 8 internal conversation interviews • 8 network interviews • 7 participant-produced reflective diaries • 8 Internal Conversation Indicator results. Following a critical realist data analysis, this research offers three generative mechanisms that create the empirical events pertaining to curriculum making. First, teachers’ modes of reflexivity, distinctive ways of projecting actions, based on teachers’ concerns and by means of their environment, offer strong theoretical and methodological explanations of why teachers take certain standpoints, follow particular reasoning processes, and act upon curriculum reforms in various ways. Second, relational assets (relational goods and evils) that emerge from teachers’ curriculum making relationships offer explanations as to why certain practices might be enhanced or inhibited. Finally, the national and organizational context, more particularly, schools’ formal organization, curriculum reform as a chain of organic interactions, and performativity culture, explain teacher mediation of curriculum making. The thesis concludes with some implications and suggestions for future research, and policy/practice.en_GB
dc.publisherUniversity of Stirlingen_GB
dc.subjectcurriculum makingen_GB
dc.subjectcritical realismen_GB
dc.subjectteacher agencyen_GB
dc.subjectcurriculum for excellenceen_GB
dc.subjectcurriculum for Walesen_GB
dc.titleTeachers' Curriculum Making as Relational Practice: The mediating role of reflexivity and networksen_GB
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_GB
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophyen_GB
dc.rights.embargoreasonI require time to write articles for publication.en_GB
dc.contributor.funderUniversity of Stirling & Scottish Governmenten_GB
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