Encyclopedia of Teacher Education

Living Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Teacher Agency

  • Guoyuan SangEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-1179-6_271-1

Introduction

Throughout the world, a call for teachers to be agentic professionals has emerged in literature as a strategic response to policy agendas promoting rigid accountability of educational reforms and school development (Eteläpelto et al. 2013). The notion of teacher agency is being used to describe the agentic capacity to make active choices in educational practices. Teacher agency refers to teacher’s competence to plan and enact educational change, direct, and regulate their actions in educational contexts. Becoming a crucial variable in studying teaching behavior and teacher education, researchers have investigated agency of student teachers, novice teachers, and experienced teachers to examine how agency affect learning to teach and acting to reform. In educational contexts, policy implementation and reform innovation rely on individual and/or collective agency of teachers. Agency is also of vital importance for teacher education and school improvement since it determines...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ruyu Hung
    • 1
  1. 1.National Chiayi UniversityChiayiTaiwan