Teachers’ desire for career-long learning: becoming 'accomplished' -- and masterly. . .



Watson C & Drew V (2015) Teachers’ desire for career-long learning: becoming 'accomplished' -- and masterly. . .. British Educational Research Journal, 41 (3), pp. 448-461.

The ‘accomplished teacher' has emerged in educational policy as a term designed to capture the dispositions and skills of highly practised professionals. As such accomplishment is enacted within a current policy discourse of life-long, or career-long, professional learning which is concerned with continual self-development. This paper focuses on conceptualisations of ‘accomplishment' by a group of early-career teachers undertaking a masters certificate in professional enquiry. These conceptualisations of accomplishment, and their relation to the course, emerge through the teachers' talk-in-interaction and it is through the ‘small stories' the teachers tell of the everyday that their identities as accomplished teachers, and their desire for career-long professional learning, are constructed and performed. The questions addressed here are therefore: how is ‘accomplishment' construed and performed by early-career teachers; to what extent can ‘accomplishment' be fostered through intellectual engagement at masters-level; and how is the policy imaginary of ‘accomplishment' realised in and through the teachers' narratives?

British Educational Research Journal: Volume 41, Issue 3

FundersScottish Government
Publication date30/06/2015
Publication date online20/06/2014
PublisherTaylor and Francis

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Dr Valerie Drew

Dr Valerie Drew

Lecturer in Education Leadership, Education

Professor Cate Watson

Professor Cate Watson

Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences