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Contextualizing Teacher Autonomy in time and space: a model for comparing various forms of governing the teaching profession

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Abstract:

This study aims to develop a model for comparing different forms of teacher autonomy in various national contexts and at different times. Understanding and explaining local differences and global similarities in the teaching profession in a globalized world require conceptions that contribute to further theorization of comparative and international education. Drawing on a governance perspective and building on considerations of curriculum evaluation, the study argues that teacher autonomy is a crucial factor that has to be conceptualized in its national and historical contexts. It presents an examination of the teaching profession from both an institutional and service perspective. In both perspectives, teacher autonomy, framed by curriculum evaluation, can be regarded as both extended and restricted, but not necessarily at the same time. This point of view enables us to discuss different forms of autonomy in relation to each other. To support this idea, the study discusses cases of teachers in various contexts of time and space.

Keywords: comparative education; curriculum evaluation; school governance; teacher; teacher autonomy; teacher professionalism

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220272.2013.812681

Publication date: January 2, 2014

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