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Spicksley, K.
Early career primary teachers’ discursive negotiations of academisation
(2021) British Journal of Sociology of Education

DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2021.2003183

Abstract
This article reports findings from a small-scale research project which explored the professional identities of early career teachers working in primary academies in England. During interviews and focus groups, these new teachers resisted identifying as ‘academy teachers,’ constructing academy status as an unimportant feature when deciding where to work. I theorise this phenomenon using Foucault, arguing that the willingness of new teachers to construct academy schools as ‘no different’ to their maintained counterparts is a key factor in the success of post-2010 academisation as a biopolitical project. © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Author Keywords
Academisation; Discourse Analysis; Early Career Teachers; Teacher Identity

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