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Teachers’ personal epistemologies and professional development
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Creative Studies (Teacher Education).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8444-4132
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Creative Studies (Teacher Education).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0183-3069
2023 (English)In: Journal of Further and Higher Education, ISSN 0309-877X, E-ISSN 0013-1326, Vol. 47, no 3, p. 311-323Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article deals with the personal epistemologies developed by teachers who undergo academic continuing education on an advanced level at a time when conflicting discourses form the basis of teaching in today’s school, i.e. academisation on one hand and measurability and accountability in the name of New Public Management on the other. To give the interviewed teachers in this study an opportunity to clarify and become more aware of their epistemologies and to assist in getting started, we initially presented concepts developed in an academic discourse: Hofer’s account of different, interrelated dimensions of ‘personal epistemologies’, clustered in two areas: the nature of knowledge, and the nature or process of knowing. As a result, we interpret the students’ epistemological beliefs through a professional perspective, i.e. as justification of the profession’s academisation. In their unhesitating confident trust in practitioners’ knowledge, as mainly acquired from experience in the field, they express a vocational habitus. One may thus assume that practitioners possess proven experiences, i.e. experience-based knowledge that they have acquired and that should be recognised and added to the knowledge base of the field in an academic and vertical discourse.

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Routledge, 2023. Vol. 47, no 3, p. 311-323
Keywords [en]
everyday professional and academic discourse, Personal epistemologies, schoolteacher, Sweden, vertical and horizontal discourse
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Pedagogy
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education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-199907DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2022.2124366ISI: 000854511700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85138282226OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-199907DiVA, id: diva2:1700969
Available from: 2022-10-04 Created: 2022-10-04 Last updated: 2023-07-14Bibliographically approved

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