International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Teachers’ Reflections on Students’ Stories about Educational Conditions – Guidance for Professional Development?
Åsa Gardelli, Krister Hertting

The starting point is the ongoing processes of changes within school systems and new discourses about education that arises. The present paper is an extension of a study where students were invited to write stories about their school situation. We took the results from the students study back to their teachers and invited the teachers to write reflections on their students’ stories. How are the discourses of educational conditions visible in teachers’ reflections? In total, 16 teachers reflected on four different topics. Data analysis was inspired by critical discourse analysis. Three discourses appeared; teacher focus, student focus, and frame focus. All discourses are present in almost every teacher’s reflections, which reveal dialectics in the teacher’s role. Ongoing changes in compulsory schooling require reconsiderations of the teacher’s role and professional development.

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