Journal of East China Normal University(Educational Sciences) ›› 2019, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (6): 123-130.doi: 10.16382/j.cnki.1000-5560.2019.06.011

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Teachers' Everyday Resistance and Its Responses

Wang Mingshuai, Zhao Chan   

  1. Institute of Teacher Education, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211, Zhejiang, China
  • Online:2019-06-25 Published:2019-11-22

Abstract: Teachers' resistance is an important research topic of education (curriculum) reform. Based on Scott's theory of everyday resistance, this study adopts the interview method of qualitative research and analyzes the everyday resistance of teachers. Research shows that, teachers carry out everyday resistance, aiming to "reduce or reject requests from the top", and develop various strategies based on the principle of "safety first". Considering the key role that teachers play in education (curriculum) reform, and that everyday resistance can cause lasting harm, this study proposes the following responses:expanding teachers' channels of expressing their demands and safeguarding teachers legitimate interests; recognizing the constructiveness of teachers' everyday resistance; following the logic of teacher change and adopting effective coping strategies.

Key words: teacher, everyday resistance, Scott