ERIC Number: EJ721793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Control and Professional Development: Are Teachers Being Deskilled or Reskilled within the Context of Decentralization?
Wong, Jocelyn L. N.
Educational Studies, v32 n1 p17-37 Mar 2006
Many researchers have identified a process they call "deskilling", which they use to describe the daily experience of teachers who have been gradually losing control of their own labour within "low-trust" workplaces. Conversely, other scholars have found that under similar conditions, some teachers have their own ways of dealing with it which leads them towards a process of "reskilling". This study is an attempt to explore the actual teachers' perceptions towards their daily practice within the context of educational decentralization, a neglected area of research which needs to be further discussed and explored. This paper uses data gathered from seven schools in Guangdong Province, China as a case study to show that educational decentralization in China not only results in teachers being deskilled because indirect control is still being maintained, but also provides a small number of teachers with a competitive working environment to reskill their pedagogical techniques and educational knowledge, and to pursue good practices in teaching under the pressure of competition. All in all, educational decentralization provides a context in which teachers can experience either deprofessionalization (deskilling) or reprofessionalization (reskilling).
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Administrative Organization, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Conditions, Teaching Methods, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: China