Empowering English teachers: teacher agency in Australia

Matthew Brown , Lucinda McKnight *, Karen Yager , Kerry-Ann O'Sullivan

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article presents an account of a panel on teacher agency at the 2020 IFTE conference, held virtually as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The article introduces the way the panel chair set up the concerns of the panel, providing relevant background, introducing the panellists and including the key questions that panellists were invited to think about prior to the session and that formed a notional structure for the session. The three panellists then contribute written reflections on their participation and the discussions that ensued. Fundamentally, the article explores how teachers might navigate their work if what they hoped to teach is not what they are told to teach and provides practical suggestions for claiming agency. This is a timely intervention as teacher agency is increasingly eroded through a variety of forces.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-33
Number of pages8
JournalEnglish in Australia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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