The work of the teacher-educator in Australia: Reconstructing the 'superhero' performer/academic in an audit culture

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Tuinamuana, Katarina Tinai. (2016) The work of the teacher-educator in Australia: Reconstructing the 'superhero' performer/academic in an audit culture. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. 44(4), pp. 333 - 347. https://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2016.1194369
AuthorsTuinamuana, Katarina Tinai
Abstract

What is it that teacher-educators “do”? This paper draws on interview data with Deans/Heads of Schools of Education in the Australian context to explore this question by asking: How is the teacher-educator produced as a category of academic worker? Using critical approaches to discourse analysis, the paper presents two interlocked storylines woven with varying emphasis through the interviews. First, the teacher-educator is produced as a superhero researcher and teacher, elevated by the expectations of the Excellence in Research for Australia audit/surveillance tools. Second, there is a concomitant struggle to reconcile pressure to research with commitment to meeting the needs of schooling systems, and to addressing the work of the teacher-educator in ethical terms. It is suggested that teacher-educators’ work reflects a desire to legitimate various performances of teacher education within current dynamics of audit culture pressures, set against the less visible ethical project of education more broadly conceived.

Keywordsteacher-educator; audit cultures; performativity; teacher education; critical discourse analysis
Year2016
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
Journal citation44 (4), pp. 333 - 347
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1359-866X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2016.1194369
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84974845946
Page range333 - 347
Research GroupSchool of Education
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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