Where does time go?: teaching and time use from the perspective of teachers
2008 (English)In: Teachers and Teaching: theory and practice, ISSN 1354-0602, E-ISSN 1470-1278, Vol. 14, no 1, 17-33 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
During the last three decades Swedish education has undergone radical decentralisation involving increased school autonomy. One aspect of this change is the gradual weakening of the state regulation of teaching time. Thus, Sweden is somewhat of an extreme in the EU. This is accentuated by a five-year experiment, where 900 compulsory schools were allowed more freedom in the allocation of school hours. Thirty teachers from three compulsory schools participating in the experiment were interviewed and team meetings observed during a two-year period. The article explores and analyses changes in time-distribution, classification and framing of the curricula and teachers' work in the three teams and their classes, and analyses teachers' experiences of the changes. A major trend towards weakened classification and framing was found. A majority of the teachers were positive to more flexible time use, teamwork and cross-disciplinary studies. However, despite the experiment a majority still felt inhibited by the national time schedule and too little time for development work. Variations between the three cases are discussed in terms of different team cultures. The school characterised by development-oriented culture had changed their work and teaching most.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge Taylor & Francis , 2008. Vol. 14, no 1, 17-33 p.
change, teacher autonomy, teacher work, time allocation, time use
Research subject Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-4986DOI: 10.1080/13540600701837616OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-4986DiVA: diva2:144318
ProjectsSchools without National Time Schedules
FunderSwedish Research Council
Acknowledgements:The study is part of an ongoing project, Schools without National Time Schedules, financed by the Swedish Ministry of Education. The author also acknowledges comments by project leader Professor Lisbeth Lundahl and project participant FD Linda Rönnberg.2012-04-252006-03-142012-04-25Bibliographically approved