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Australian teachers' perceptions of effectiveness in a performative culture

Simpson, Alyson; Day, Christopher; Goulding, James; Asha, Jennifer


Alyson Simpson

James Goulding

Jennifer Asha


Teachers' perceptions of effectiveness are shaped by myriad factors, including broad-based national education policy, personal values, and the demands of particular schools and students. Previous research has not investigated the shifting impact of influences across different career phases accounting for cultural differences. This small-scale study addresses that gap. Interviews with Australian primary and secondary teachers analysed through a sociocultural lens revealed positive and negative factors of influence. Our research contributes to international debates by highlighting tensions between ‘effectiveness’ defined by administrators and policy frameworks, and ‘effectiveness’ defined by teachers in locally situated, culturally prescribed, and professionally negotiated experience.


Simpson, A., Day, C., Goulding, J., & Asha, J. (2022). Australian teachers' perceptions of effectiveness in a performative culture. Teaching and Teacher Education, 109, Article 103542.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 30, 2021
Online Publication Date Oct 9, 2021
Publication Date 2022-01
Deposit Date Dec 2, 2022
Journal Teaching and Teacher Education
Print ISSN 0742-051X
Publisher Elsevier BV
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 109
Article Number 103542
Keywords Education
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