Teachers as bricoleurs: Producing plausible readings of curriculum documents

Honan, Eileen (2004) Teachers as bricoleurs: Producing plausible readings of curriculum documents. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 3 2: 99-112.

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Author Honan, Eileen
Title Teachers as bricoleurs: Producing plausible readings of curriculum documents
Journal name English Teaching: Practice and Critique
ISSN 1175-8708
Publication date 2004-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 3
Issue 2
Start page 99
End page 112
Total pages 14
Place of publication Hamilton, New Zealand
Publisher University of Waikato
Language eng
Subject 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Abstract This paper describes teachers as bricoleurs who are professionals engaging in rigorous theoretical work as they construct meaningful assemblages of classroom practice. The author uses examples of two teachers taking up critical literacy discourses in their teaching and conversations to explain the construction of the teacher as bricoleur. Drawing on work by Deleuze and Guattari, a rhizotextual analysis of data is undertaken to explain the connections between the disparate discourses used by the two teachers and the documents of the Queensland English Syllabus. This understanding of the professional work of teachers negates assumptions about teachers as atheoretical and blind followers of departmental policies and curriculum directives. The author concludes with a description of one method for giving teachers the time and reflexive space to theoretically engage with issues surrounding their professional practice.
Keyword Bricoleur
Rhizotextual analysis
Critical literacy
Classroom practice
Queensland English Syllabus
Q-Index Code C1
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