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Teacher Autonomy

Teacher autonomy refers to the degree of control that teachers have over their instruction and other classroom responsibilities. Teacher autonomy is inextricably linked to the nature of teachers’ work, which has potential implications for teachers’ effectiveness, the desirability of teaching as a career, and, in turn, the quality of the teacher workforce. However, there is no consensus on whether more or less autonomy is optimal for teacher effectiveness. While teachers are typically viewed as having considerable discretion in the manner in which they conduct their classes, some observers perceive potential threats to this freedom, particularly in the form of recent education reforms. Other analysts comment that teachers are given too much autonomy and argue that their instructional practices should be more tightly controlled. This entry ...

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