This book examines the experience and politics of teachers’ work, questions of teacher appraisal, and the struggles of the teachers’ action of 1984-86. A major section of the book charts the changing power relations between organized teachers and the State in Britain from 1900 to the late 1980s. The contributors to this volume write from a variety of perspectives, including conflict theory, socio-historical analysis, feminist analysis, diary-based ethnography, and interview-based research. With its sensitivity to this range of perspectives and its bringing together of the experimental aspects of teaching, as well as its class, gender and political relations, this book is an authoritative source for courses in education, sociology, history and social policy.



ByMartin Lawn, Gerald Grace

part |64 pages

Recovering History

chapter |19 pages

Feminists in Teaching

The National Union of Women Teachers, 1920–1945
BySarah King

part |65 pages

Working in Contemporary Schools

chapter |23 pages

Being a Feminist Teacher

ByMarilyn Joyce

chapter |13 pages


ByCarolyn Steedman

part |59 pages

The Politics of Work

chapter |21 pages

The Politics of Teacher Appraisal

ByKieron Walsh

chapter |22 pages

The Teachers' Action, 1984–1986

ByRichard Pietrasik

part |38 pages

Teachers and the State

chapter |36 pages

Teachers and the State in Britain

A Changing Relation
ByGerald Grace