Towards a typology of secondary school subject departments

Gee, N., Parrish, A. and Puttick, S. (2023) Towards a typology of secondary school subject departments. Teacher Development, 27 (5). pp. 563-579. ISSN 1747-5120

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Subject departments are an increasingly important unit of analysis for research on schools and beginning teachers’ experiences. By analysing a practice-based typology of eight departmental types through an exploratory factor analysis of questionnaires completed by beginning teachers (n=55), we refined the typology to four (hierarchical; open; self-promoting; divisive). Further exploration of this refined typology, through in-depth interviews with a purposive sample of six beginning teachers, allows us to illustrate the departmental types in relation to their experiences. These findings highlight some of the ways in which new regimes of accountability and corporatisation are reshaping the ways in which departmental cultures are constructed and enacted. The beginning teachers in this study describe their responses and adaptations to their placement departments in ways that highlight opportunities for ITE partnerships to better anticipate and prepare beginning teachers for the departmentalised nature of their experiences.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2023 Taylor and Francis. This is an author-produced version of a paper accepted for publication in Teacher Development. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Divisions: School of Teacher Development
Depositing User: Dr Nick Gee
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2023 09:07
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2024 11:45

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