Teacher agency: what is it and why does it matter?

  title={Teacher agency: what is it and why does it matter?},
  author={Mark Priestley and Gert J. J. Biesta and Sarah A. Robinson},
The concept of teacher agency has emerged in recent literature as an alternative means of understanding how teachers might enact practice and engage with policy (e.g. Lasky, 2005; Leander & Osbourne, 2008; Ketelaar et al., 2012; Priestley, Biesta & Robinson, 2013). But what is agency? Agency remains an inexact and poorly conceptualised construct in much of the literature, where it is often not clear whether the term refers to an individual capacity of teachers to act agentically or to an… CONTINUE READING


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