Authored Book

Teacher Agency: An Ecological Approach



Priestley M, Biesta G & Robinson S (2015) Teacher Agency: An Ecological Approach. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Recent worldwide education policy has reinvented teachers as agents of change and professional developers of the school curriculum. Academic literature has analyzed changes in how teacher professionalism is conceived in policy and in practice; this book provides a fresh perspective on this issue, drawing upon an ecological theory of agency. Using this model for understanding agency, the book explores empirical findings from the 'Teacher Agency and Curriculum Change' project, funded by the UK-based Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Drawing together this research with the authors' international experiences and perspectives, Teacher Agency addresses issues - both theoretical and practical - that have international significance. The book illustrates how teacher agency should be understood not only in terms of individual capacity of teachers, but also in respect of the cultures and structures of schooling. - See more at:

Publication date22/10/2015
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Publisher URL
Place of publicationLondon

People (1)


Professor Mark Priestley
Professor Mark Priestley

Professor, Education