Exploring educator values alignment strategies in an intervention context : The emergence of the Beacon strategy

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Kalogeropoulos, Penelope, Russo, James Anthony and Clarkson, Philip. (2021). Exploring educator values alignment strategies in an intervention context : The emergence of the Beacon strategy. ECNU Review of Education. 4(2), pp. 327-348. https://doi.org/10.1177/2096531120923127
AuthorsKalogeropoulos, Penelope, Russo, James Anthony and Clarkson, Philip
Abstract

Purpose:
The purpose of this paper is to explore whether the four value alignment strategies available to educators (Scaffolding, Balancing, Intervention, and Refuge) previously identified in the mathematics education literature comprehensively capture educator value alignment strategies in an intervention context.

Design/Approach/Methods:
To this end, we analyse semi-structured interview data with two teacher-leaders involved in the Getting Ready in Numeracy (G.R.I.N.) intervention program through a value alignment lens.

Findings:
We ascertain that a fifth strategy, the Beacon strategy, is needed to describe the range of value alignment strategies employed by educators in the G.R.I.N. program. The Beacon strategy involves the educator digging in and reasserting their expectations until the student behaves in a manner that aligns with the educator’s values. In part it involves the educator being able to recognize their own values and clearly communicating these values to students.

Originality/Value:
This article further explores strategies that educators have at their disposal for aligning their values with those of their students. The uncovering of the Beacon strategy is particularly valuable as it suggests that educators could be purposefully pursuing value alignment even when they do not appear to take any active steps to move further towards their students’ sets of values.

Keywordsengagement; values; values alignment
Year2021
JournalECNU Review of Education
Journal citation4 (2), pp. 327-348
PublisherSAGE Publications
ISSN2096-5311
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/2096531120923127
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85106423129
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Page range327-348
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Online21 May 2020
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Deposited23 Mar 2022
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