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Page: 3366 (abstract only)
Publication year: 2017
ISBN: 978-84-697-3777-4
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2017.1727

Conference name: 9th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 3-5 July, 2017
Location: Barcelona, Spain

THE PERSONAL IS THE POLITICAL: AN INQUIRY INTO THE LIVED EXPERIENCES AND EMOTIONS OF ENGLISH TEACHERS IN SINGAPORE SECONDARY SCHOOLS

W. Liew

Nanyang Technological University (SINGAPORE)
This paper aims to delineate the emotional characteristics of teaching in the secondary school English classroom in relation to the concept of teachers' "emotional labor" (Hoschshild, 1983). Drawing on interview and focus group data from 43 middle and high school teachers in Singapore, I argue that the emotional labors of English language and literature teachers may be qualitatively different from those experienced by teachers of other subjects, given the inescapably value-laden, affect-driven nature of English teaching as an ideological practice within the demands of the country's high-stakes standardized assessment system. The analysis of our data further suggest that the emotional burdens and tensions most keenly felt were those that challenged teachers' value orientations towards the means and ends of English education, particularly with respect to Schiro's (2013) four curriculum ideologies: the Scholar-Academicism, Learner-Centeredness, Social Efficiency, and Social Reconstrucionism. In the case of English teaching, therefore, the objective, intellectual, apolitical components of Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) (Shulman, 1987) are inextricably tied to the personal, political, and affective strands of Personal Practical Knowledge (PPK) (Connelly and Clandinin, 1988). The paper's aim is to give voice to the lived experiences of teachers working at the complex intersection of PCK and PPK to help their students succeed pragmatically in both local and international achievement tests. I conclude by suggesting how further studies of teachers' lived experiences in relation to their disciplinary domains can offer teacher educators and policymakers insights into the ways in which curriculum and policy impact on, and are impacted by, the emotional realities of teachers' work.
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W. Liew (2017) THE PERSONAL IS THE POLITICAL: AN INQUIRY INTO THE LIVED EXPERIENCES AND EMOTIONS OF ENGLISH TEACHERS IN SINGAPORE SECONDARY SCHOOLS, EDULEARN17 Proceedings, p. 3366.
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