Teaching History in a Neoliberal Age: Policy, Agency and Teacher Voice

1st Edition

Mary Woolley

October 1, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 216 Pages
ISBN 9780367227104 - CAT# 302143
Series: Routledge Research in Education Policy and Politics


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This book explored changing practice in history classrooms from the autonomy of the 1980s through the introduction of GCSEs and the National Curriculum to the prescription of the National Strategies and the pervasive influence of league tables in the first decade of the 21st century. It uses individual narratives from history teachers to shed light on a changing profession.

Showcasing research that is crucial reading for leaders in education, it uses oral accounts from 13 experienced teachers to provide a rich testimony of the constraints and affordances acting on history teachers. The book offers a unique perspective to show how teachers experienced steady but substantial changes in policy and autonomy and how this affected their practice; this detail enhances an analysis of policy and curricular documents across three decades. The findings are crucial for educational settings today, facing crises of teacher recruitment and teacher retention.

This book will be of great interest to academics and higher degree research students in history education, history of education and education policy. It will also be of interest to beginning history teachers and senior school leaders responsible for teacher development and curriculum.

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