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Cultivating the Fire With(In): Teacher's Resistance in an Age of Corporate Reform
Weeda, Jocelyn R.

2014, Doctor of Philosophy, Miami University, Educational Leadership.
The groundswell of resistance to corporate educational reform among teachers over the last few years is palpable. What some have termed “The Education Spring” reflects efforts by teachers from across the nation to develop a collective voice in opposition to the standardization of their students. This dissertation provides empirical data on the lives of teachers and their work as teacher activists outside the classroom. Using narrative inquiry of teachers’ individual and collective participation in acts of resistance in local, regional, and national events, as well as critical discourse analysis of textual sources including interviews, observations, social media and print news media, I found that this movement has elements of both individual development through becoming agentic (self-authorship) as well as collective action. Specifically, I identify four emergent themes of discomfort, disruption, connection, and sustainability. These emergent themes suggest that a sense of self-authorship is at the core of teacher resistors’ work when they decide to become involved in the struggle for a collective voice.
Lisa Weems (Committee Chair)
Kathleen Knight-Abowitz (Committee Member)
Thomas Poetter (Committee Member)
Sheri Leafgren (Committee Member)
197 p.

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