Teachers' Talk of Experiencing: Conflict, Resistance and Agency

May. 10, 2010

This article was published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Vol 26, Issue 4, Author(s): Annalisa Sannino, “Teachers' Talk of Experiencing: Conflict, Resistance and Agency“, Pages 838-844, Copyright Elsevier (May 2010).

This paper draws on the concept of experiencing to highlight a positive connection between resistance and agency. Furthermore, the article examines this connection’s potential for teachers' professional development and educational change.

The paper examines teachers' discourse during a Change Laboratory intervention aimed at developing teaching practices. The intervention was initiated to deal with problems in the evaluation of students' learning.

The article analyzes in particular the case of a teacher whose discourse shifted from critical and disruptive to constructive and agentive. The analysis explains this transition as a process of experiencing through which this teacher faced and worked out critical conflicts related to her teaching.

Updated: Aug. 17, 2010