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    Decision-making and control: perceived autonomy of teachers in Germany and Sweden

    Wermke, Wieland and Olason Rick, Sigrid and Salokangas, Maija (2019) Decision-making and control: perceived autonomy of teachers in Germany and Sweden. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 51 (3). pp. 306-325. ISSN 0022-0272

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    Teacher autonomy has become an increasingly popular research topic over the past decade, reflecting wider national and global education trends. In this light, this article investigates and compares the perceptions of German and Swedish teachers concerning their professional autonomy. We analyse teachers’ perceptions using a grid, and view teacher autonomy as a multidimensional phenomenon taking place in different domains (educational, social, developmental and administrative) and at different levels (classroom, school, profession). The findings show that the teachers interviewed in Germany and Sweden value autonomy in various domains and dimensions differently, even if there also are many similarities. In instruction, that is, the educational autonomy domain, they perceive themselves to be very autonomous, in particular in relation to choices of content and method. Autonomous work in the classroom arena is also seen as the very core of the teaching profession. Overall, German teachers perceive themselves to be significantly involved in more areas of their work, and they refer much more to decisions which are to be made, whereas their Swedish colleagues are more concerned about control. Finally, we discuss the findings in relation to different nation-specific forms of extended or restricted autonomy teacher autonomy.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Teacher autonomy; control; decision-making; Sweden; Germany;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 13729
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    Depositing User: Maija Salokangas
    Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2020 10:41
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Curriculum Studies
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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