Understanding teachers: the potential and possibility of discourse analysis

Barker, Dean M. and Rossi, Anthony (2011) Understanding teachers: the potential and possibility of discourse analysis. Sport Education and Society, 16 2: 139-158. doi:10.1080/13573322.2011.540421

Author Barker, Dean M.
Rossi, Anthony
Title Understanding teachers: the potential and possibility of discourse analysis
Journal name Sport Education and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-3322
Publication date 2011-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13573322.2011.540421
Volume 16
Issue 2
Start page 139
End page 158
Total pages 20
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Understanding the ways in which teachers make sense of what they do and why is critical to a broader understanding of pedagogy. Historically, teachers have been understood through the thematic and content analysis of their beliefs or philosophies. In this paper, we argue that discourse analysis (DA) involves a much finer-grained analysis of the 'lifeworlds' of teachers and, in our view, provides a more detailed canvas from which inferences can be made. Our argument is structured in four parts. We begin by locating DA within the physical education (PE) literature and discuss what others have referred to as its relatively modest use. Following our location of DA, we outline a conceptual framework that we regard as useful, which contains six interrelated principles. We then introduce the idea of interpretive repertoires, which we consider to have particular explanatory power as well as being a sophisticated way to represent the subjectivities of PE teachers. Finally, we discuss the methodological strengths of interpretive repertoires. The paper concludes with a discussion on the theoretical and practical merits of adopting DA to analyse problems within PE.
Keyword Teacher beliefs
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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