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Reassembling teachers’ professional practice: an ethnography of intertextual hierarchies in primary mathematics

Unsworth, Ruth ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4900-3590 and Tummons, Jonathan (2021) Reassembling teachers’ professional practice: an ethnography of intertextual hierarchies in primary mathematics. Ethnography and Education, 16 (1). pp. 109-126.

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Abstract

The formation of teachers’ professional practice has been discussed in relation to a wide variety of influences, with government prescription of practice often criticised as oppressing professional agency. Set within an ethnographic study within one English primary school, this paper explores the role of intertextuality in the form of intertextual hierarchies during a policy-led period of change to teachers’ professional practice: the introduction of a new way of teaching mathematics. Drawing on actor-network theory and literacy studies, we trace the stages of the translation of the new method from policy into practice, through the intertextual hierarchies which carry this knowledge across policy/practice boundaries. We highlight the crucial role of texts as actors within a remodelling of professional practice. Describing how the socio-material use and creation of texts leads to localisation of policies, we lend hope to schools in terms of their own agency within government-driven agendas.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: "This is an accepted version of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ethnography and Education on 03/07/2020 available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17457823.2020.1788405”
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17457823.2020.1788405
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
L Education > LB1705-2286 Education and training of teachers
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5644

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