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New Realities of Secondary Teachers' Work Lives


reviewed by Nina Bascia — 2006

coverTitle: New Realities of Secondary Teachers' Work Lives
Author(s): Pam Poppleton & John Williamson (Eds.)
Publisher: Symposium Books, Oxford
ISBN: 18373927142, Pages: 319, Year: 2004
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This book joins a small but growing number of comparative studies of teachers’ work lives that demonstrate the ways in which context – broad social, economic and political realities, current reform as well as reform history, and cultural and professional values about teaching and teachers (Broadfoot and Osborn, 1992; Louis, 1990) – matter to the nature and quality of teaching.  Cross-school, -district, -state/province and –national studies provide powerful evidence of the range of different conditions within which teaching occurs. Comparative studies serve to make the familiar strange, allowing us to examine more critically the conditions we take for granted in our own contexts.  In recent years, as the reality of change has become impossible to ignore in any study of teaching, whatever the presenting focus, and as policy idea borrowing has become more prevalent internationally, researchers increasingly have turned their attention to comparative studies of teachers’ perceptions of and responses... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 169-172
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12100, Date Accessed: 4/30/2017 1:09:52 AM

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  • Nina Bascia
    Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
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    NINA BASCIA is Professor and Chair of the Department of Theory & Policy Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). Her research interests include educational policy, school reform and organizational studies, especially with respect to educators’ work and careers; teacher unions are a recurring focus of her work. Her most recent publication is the International Handbook of Education Policy, co-edited by Alister Cumming, Amanda Datnow, Kenneth Leithwood and David Livingston (2005, Springer).
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