Hear visiting researcher Dr Helma Oolbekkink-Marchand from Radboud University discuss emerging research into how teachers understand and negotiate their professional agency and autonomy.
In an effort to increase student performance, governments stress the importance of standardisation. For teachers, this can be seen as a threat to their professionalism.
How do teachers understand their professionalism and use their professional autonomy in these changing times? In this seminar, Dr Helma OolbekkinkMarchand reports results from an international project examining teachers' perceptions of their subjective professional space, and how they make sense of the school context and the space they have, to act on their own personal goals.
This seminar will present an in-depth study of 18 cases of beginning and middle career teachers and analysis that has revealed the importance of both personal factors such as self-confidence, and the environment, such as support from school leaders.
Dr Helma Oolbekkink-Marchand will explain how teacher agency is an essential factor in teachers' use of professional space. Insights into the relationship between the perceived space and agency can promote our understanding of teacher professionalism and the development of teachers as leaders of their own practice.
Dr Helma Oolbekkink-Marchand is an assistant professor at Radboud Teachers' Academy in Nijmegen. She works as a teacher educator and is also the coordinator of the student teacher research program at the teachers' academy. During the past eight years she worked on the development of school university.
Her research topics are teachers' professional development and she is especially interested in the role of (student) teacher research in relation to professional development and school development. Also, research topics around the role of teacher identity and agency and the positioning of teachers in (innovative projects in their) schools have her interest.
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