Emotional Labour and Lesson Observation

A Study of England's Further Education

Authors: Edgington, Ursula

  • Offers an in-depth, multi-disciplinary investigation into perspectives of lesson observation in post-compulsory (tertiary) education, an area which has previously been neglected in the literature
  • Employs a multi-disciplinary approach to provide an accessible text
  • Uses an innovative methodological and theoretical approach  
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook 91,62 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-10-2991-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 114,39 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-10-2989-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
About this book

This book presents research on emotion work and the emotional labour of teaching and learning based in England’s further education sector, where an increasing emphasis on marketised systems means accountability and audit cultures have become embedded within everyday teaching practice. Uniquely, this book explores micro-level issues of the managerial policies relating to classroom lesson observations as well as the profoundly emotional, philosophical aspects of these situations, which research asserts cause stress and anxiety for many staff. 

Drawing on theoretical psychosocial concepts exploring the interplay of hidden or ‘underground’ micro and macro elements of teaching and learning contexts, the book illuminates how the presence of an observer fundamentally alters the dynamics of a classroom. The author argues that it is not necessarily the performativity that creates the stress and anxiety in an observation but the individual’s perception of this performativity and how it relates to a wider consideration of their emotional labour in the classroom. For this reason, the book puts forward a case for ending the formal, graded method of lesson observations in favour of a developmental, holistic approach that is sensitive to the emotional nuances of the individuals involved as well as the social and historical contexts of the institutions in which they are situated.

The diverse use of lesson observations as a tool for staff development and quality assurance policies make this a valuable resource for educational researchers, policy-makers, teachers and managers from many different sectors and backgrounds.


About the authors

Born in the UK, and currently living in New Zealand, Ursula had a fifteen-year career in various commercial-sector jobs in England before taking up an opportunity to pursue her passion to teach. She has been involved in diverse educational settings over the years, including teaching literacy, numeracy and IT skills in inner-city community projects, supporting experiential learning schemes for vulnerable young people and delivering vocational social care subjects at tertiary colleges. Ursula studied part-time for her degree at the University of Warwick, UK, where her experience in sales and administrative roles provided valuable sociological context. Inspired by her learning experiences, she completed her teaching qualifications and later an MA in Lifelong Learning at the University of Nottingham. In 2013 she completed a PhD scholarship in education at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. 

Over the past five years she has lectured in sociology and education at universities, alongside teaching creative topics at local adult education centres. Her specialist research areas include the emotions of teaching and learning, and assessment strategies that enhance student-centredness. Ursula’s published academic work ranges from research articles focusing on aspects of emotional labour in education, to use of innovative methodologies in educational research. 

Ursula is also an enthusiastic creative writer and has published short stories, prose and poetry in anthologies and online magazines.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Edgington, Ursula

    Pages 3-16

    Preview Buy Chapter 30,19 €
  • Lesson Observation: Policies and Contexts

    Edgington, Ursula

    Pages 17-46

    Preview Buy Chapter 30,19 €
  • Theoretical Concepts of Lesson Observations

    Edgington, Ursula

    Pages 47-67

    Preview Buy Chapter 30,19 €
  • Subjectivity and Objectivity in Observations

    Edgington, Ursula

    Pages 69-91

    Preview Buy Chapter 30,19 €
  • Findings from the Research Study: The Observees

    Edgington, Ursula

    Pages 95-140

    Preview Buy Chapter 30,19 €

Buy this book

eBook 91,62 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-10-2991-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 114,39 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-10-2989-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
Loading...

Recommended for you

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Emotional Labour and Lesson Observation
Book Subtitle
A Study of England's Further Education
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-2991-2
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-2991-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-2989-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 226
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
Topics