Highlighting the role of teachers in school change, Teacher Agency, Professional Development and School Improvement explores the important related issues of professional identity, teacher self-efficacy, leadership and autonomy in the context of contested improvement agendas.

Providing analytical frameworks and practical models, this book:

  • Offers examples of projects, programmes and narratives to illustrate the role of teachers in school change
  • Invites readers to reconceptualise professional development and re-imagine school improvement
  • Focuses on enabling teacher agency as the foundation for improvement
  • Emphasises the importance of human agency to influence environments, lives and learning
  • Provides strategies for improvement with integrity amidst powerful accountability requirements and external forces for change.

At the heart of this book is a fresh perspective on schooling, in which teacher agency is considered a fundamental dimension of professional development and key to school improvement. This raises necessary and challenging questions about purposes and processes in education. With practical ideas and strategies that can be used to inform and evaluate practice and policy, Teacher Agency, Professional Development and School Improvement is essential reading for headteachers and teachers wishing to lead changes to improve their school and for teacher educators who support them.

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chapter 1|16 pages

‘… a difference needs to be made’

chapter 2|20 pages

Improving schools in context

chapter 4|22 pages

The role of teachers in changing schools

chapter 6|15 pages

An agentic framework for education

chapter 7|19 pages

Agency in Action

Participation and voice

chapter 8|15 pages

Agency for sustainable futures