Importing control in initial teacher training: theorizing the construction of specific habitus in recent proposals for induction into teaching

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Author: Stanfield, Jamie; Cremin, Hilary

Abstract:

This article attempts to provide theoretical perspectives on the recent Conservative-led Coalition Government's promotion of Teach First and related initiatives in England. In particular, we suggest the emergence of three 'ideal' types of teacher in the initial teacher training programs outlined in the 2010 White Paper and related Conservative discourse: the 'Elite Graduate', the 'High Flyer' and the 'Ex-Soldier'. These 'ideals', we argue, are dually performative: not only legitimating habitus proximate to Conservative ideological interests, but also awarding them authority over pupils and the educational 'field'. We begin our discussion with an analysis of the amendments to school disciplinary practice proposed in April 2011 which appear to place new emphasis on teachers' dispositions. Seen in the light of concomitant criticism of current teachers' passivity, we suggest, these changes relate to our 'ideals' in two ways. Firstly, suggesting the need for a new cohort of teachers up to the challenge of authority. Secondly, enabling the 'ideals' to exercise their habitus in judgements over pupils.

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This article attempts to provide theoretical perspectives on the recent Conservative-led Coalition Government's promotion of Teach First and related initiatives in England. In particular, we suggest the emergence of three 'ideal' types of teacher in the initial teacher training programs outlined in the 2010 White Paper and related Conservative discourse: the 'Elite Graduate', the 'High Flyer' and the 'Ex-Soldier'. These 'ideals', we argue, are dually performative: not only legitimating habitus proximate to Conservative ideological ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Teaching and learning; Providers of education and training; Policy

Keywords: Teacher training; Teachers; Government policy

Geographic subjects: England; Great Britain; Europe

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2013

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Journal title: Journal of education policy

Journal volume : 28

Journal number: 1

Journal date: January 2013

Pages: pp. 21-37

ISSN: 0268-0939; 1464-5106 (online)

Notes:
The 2010 schools White Paper, 'The importance of teaching', may be found at: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/toolsandinitiatives/schoolswhitepaper/b0068570/the-importance-of-teaching

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call Number:
TD/TNC 111.476



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