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Considering teacher resilience from critical discourse and labour process theory perspectives

Price, A.ORCID: 0000-0002-5925-1133, Mansfield, C. and McConney, A. (2012) Considering teacher resilience from critical discourse and labour process theory perspectives. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 33 (1). pp. 81-95.

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This article considers the construct of `teacher resilience' from critical discourse and labour process perspectives in order to cast new light on what has been traditionally viewed from a psychological perspective. In this respect, the construct of resilience is placed in the broad political landscape of teachers' work and the labour process of teaching, within a neoliberal globalised economic paradigm. Importantly, this article argues that any conceptualisations of teacher resilience should be critically appraised and not simply `taken for granted'. While the concept of developing `teacher resilience' as a means, for example, of addressing alarmingly high rates of early career teacher attrition may sound like a good idea, it is important to consider the way such constructs can be used to shape and potentially control teacher identity and the nature of teachers' work.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright: 2012 Taylor & Francis
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