Performativity, Teachers and Statistics.

Posted: September 15, 2009 in Education, Leadership, Pedagogy
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I have just been reading an article by Stephen Ball titled “The teacher’s soul and the terrors of performativity” (2003). In the beginning of his article he quotes Boyle (2001);

‘We take our collective pulse 24 hours a day with the use of statistics.  We understand life that way, though somehow the more figures we use, the more the great truths seem to slip through our fingers.  Despite all that numerical control, we feel as ignorant of the answer to the big question as ever’.

So why have I mentioned this quote? The answer is that it has prompted me to think about the pending league tables, specified teacher and teaching standards, the numeric results of the students I teach and have taught and the developing world of policies and accountability.  I am thinking about the impact on educational outcomes, on the quality of education and educators and finally of the changing landscape for educational leaders. 

Hmmmmm. What it is to think.  Statistically anyway.


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