Search results for: Discourse analysis
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University Autonomy, Agenda Setting and the Construction of Agency: The Case of the European University Association in the European Higher Education Area
This paper analyses the ways in which a policy actor constructs its agency through the production of knowledge. It offers a contribution to the debate aiming to develop a more critical perspective on the development of the European Higher Education Area, which sees the process as constituted through the activities of, and the negotiations between, different political actors.
Updated: Apr. 14, 2015
This study follows 12 preservice teachers who tutored adult students learning English in a free evening class while simultaneously taking a course titled Community Literacy. In particular, the authors examine how this context supported them in developing tools for teaching; and how those tools were shaped by and constructed these teachers’ identities. The authors used discourse analysis to examine three preservice teachers’ cases and their ideas about language acquisition, literacy teaching and learning, and teacher/student roles in a cross-cultural teaching setting. The authors conclude that the preservice teachers drew on the tools that come from mentor texts and their experiences, and also the tools that students brought, in unique ways.
Updated: Mar. 30, 2014
In this article, the author questions the micro–macro separation in discourse analysis, the separation of personal and institutional discourses. The author explores the connections between macro-level power inequities and micro-level interactional positionings, thereby establishing critical narrative analysis (CNA). She examines the focus of critical discourse analysis (CDA) on institutional discourses and problematize the definition of power discourses by looking closely at the intertextual recycling of institutional discourses in everyday narratives and at the adoption of everyday narratives in institutional discourses. Ultimately, the article proposes that CNA unites CDA and narrative analysis in a mutually beneficial partnership that addresses both theoretical and methodological dilemmas in discourse analysis.
Updated: Feb. 18, 2014
This article examines how teacher educators exercise professional agency in negotiating their teacher and researcher identities. This paper also examines how professional agency is manifested in their local work contexts at individual level, at work-community level and at organisational levels. The study is based on a sociocultural approach, and it seeks to conceptualise the interplay between individual actors and the social context. The main finding was that that teacher educators manifested a strong sense of agency when describing their work as teachers. However, the construction of their researcher identity was subjugated, complex and characterised by a lack of resources. The accounts reflected a lack of agency, with minor resources for identity construction or for working as a researcher.
Updated: Nov. 18, 2013
This article explains the authors' involvement in an urban in‐district master’s program with a mission that included developing a ‘critical praxis’ for all participants. Their students' resistance to the readings written by teacher researchers brought the authors to question their pedagogy. This analysis reminds teacher educators to look carefully for often hidden opportunities offered for deeper learning when multiple perspectives come into contact.
Updated: Oct. 21, 2013
Educational Action Research to Initiate Discourse on Inclusion in an E-learning Environment in Teacher Education
The authors ascertain the possibilities of using the online environment of google.doc for initiating pre-service teachers’ discourse about the nature of inclusive relationships between individuals and the environment, and the ways of their enhancement. The content analysis of the generated discourse yields a system of 15 approaches that pre-service teachers use for communicating about the nature of and prerequisites for inclusive relationships.
Updated: Aug. 27, 2013
E-Portfolios in Teacher Education 2002–2009: The Social Construction of Discourse, Design and Dissemination
This study aimed to explore how e-portfolios have been communicated, designed, and disseminated within teacher education courses at this particular university from 2002 to 2009. In conclusion it can be seen that e-portfolios are shifting colours, depending not only on purpose and design but also teacher educators’ understanding of e-portfolios, the e-portfolio discourse that teacher teams can agree on, the context itself, the outcome of the struggle between educational codes, and the very course of time.
Updated: Nov. 21, 2012
This article examines the impact of discourses upon teachers who strive to be professionals amidst the US No Child Left Behind era. The author used qualitative research methodology and ethnographic techniques to conduct a case study within the context of a teacher learning community comprised of two female secondary teachers and the researcher. This article illuminates how a teacher learning community becomes a space for agency for the ‘teacher as professional’ and how teacher development can be sustained within a contemporary context of compliance and accountability.
Updated: Aug. 21, 2012
Human Dignity within Teacher Education: A Matter of Individualism, Competitiveness, and Strategic Rationality
The purpose of this study was to examine the Discourse of Human Dignity within teacher education, especially with respect to how Swedish teacher educators make meaning of the concept of human dignity. Findings show that four sub-discourses are involved in the Discourse of Human Dignity within teacher education.
Updated: Jul. 30, 2012
In this article, the author is interested to examine whether there is evidence enough to suggest that European policy on lifelong learning is now experiencing a discursive shift into what could be described as a new phase. The author uses critical discourse analysis as a methodological framework. The analysis of the empirical material points to a direction where it is relevant to speak about a new ‘phase’ of lifelong-learning discourse emerging in European policy, characterized by the urgent need for implementation.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2012