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dc.contributor.authorAlcorn, Noeline
dc.contributor.authorThrupp, Martin
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-01T20:07:57Z
dc.date.available2012-11-01T20:07:57Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.citationAlcorn, N. & Thrupp, M. (2012). Uncovering meanings: The discourses of New Zealand secondary teachers in context. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 47(1), 107-121.en_NZ
dc.identifier.issn0028-8276
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/6785
dc.description.abstractRecent official policy discourses on student achievement have stressed the importance of teachers and the impact that effective teaching can have on student life chances and on national economic performance. There is also a body of research on the way teaching and learning are affected by school context. This article discusses research designed to investigate how and to what extent the contextual features of schools impacted on the beliefs New Zealand secondary teachers and principals held about teaching and learning, the extent to which they believed their agency could influence outcomes for their students, and the aspirations and goals they pursued. We interviewed principals and teachers in six secondary schools, two each in high, mid and low socio-economic areas. The findings show considerable commonality in teachers' pedagogical discourses and that the rhetoric of formal policy discourses is pervasive and normalized in schools. All the teachers believed they could make a difference to student achievement and life chances, tried to address diversity among their student bodies, and saw success as much wider than academic achievement. Concurrently we found that the institutional habitus of each school largely determined how discourses were enacted and that relationships, confidence, student-centredness and success were interpreted differently between schools. We argue that these differences must be taken into account if school policies and interventions are to be successful.en_NZ
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherNew Zealand Council for Educational Researchen_NZ
dc.relation.urihttp://search.informit.com.au/fullText;dn=671428728522989;res=IELNZCen_NZ
dc.rightsArchived with the permission of the Editors, New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies.
dc.subjectcontexten_NZ
dc.subjectpolicy enactmentsen_NZ
dc.subjectstudent achievementen_NZ
dc.subjectteacher beliefsen_NZ
dc.titleUncovering meanings: The discourses of New Zealand secondary teachers in contexten_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.relation.isPartOfNew Zealand Journal of Educational Studiesen_NZ
pubs.begin-page107en_NZ
pubs.elements-id37796
pubs.end-page121en_NZ
pubs.issue1en_NZ
pubs.volume47en_NZ


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