Examining the practice of beginning teachers’ micropolitical literacy within professional inquiry communities

Apr. 16, 2008

Source: Teaching and Teacher Education, Volume 24, Issue 3, April 2008, P. 660-673

This paper investigates beginning teachers collaboratively making sense of and responding to the micropolitical environments of their schools. Drawing on a qualitative multi-case study conducted within the context of a university-sponsored, inquiry-based induction program, this research employs a community of practice frame to examine how novice teachers came to practice “micropolitical literacy.”

The paper identifies four dimensions of micropolitical discourse that surfaced in the situated setting of the inquiry groups. The analysis further illustrates how beginning teachers, while participating in inquiry groups, coconstructed understandings of the organizational structures and professional cultures of their schools.

Updated: May. 01, 2008