At the AERA annual meeting the SIG continues to build on recent successes and will present a substantial and very high quality program within the AERA schedule. Cindy Rottmann (program chair) and her team of reviewers are to be congratulated for assembling such an interesting range of sessions. It is also important to draw attention to the excellent pre-AERA event hosted by the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation and partners.
Full details of the program (and the pre-conference event) are below. We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver to discuss the issues raised by these papers and symposia.
AERA 2012, Vancouver, BC- Teachers’ Work/Teacher Unions Program
Sunday, April 15th
10:35-12:05- Symposium, The challenges of being a good citizen and a good
teacher: Lessons from the Wisconsin Protests
* Swalwell, K. “See you on the square:” The contested nature of
teacher’s public activism
* Anderson, J. When silence speaks: A case study investigating the
effects of restricting teachers’ classroom speech
* Ward, A. H. “Teacher hat” and “citizen hat”: One strategy for
negotiating tensions between union and teaching duties
* Klehr, M. The learnable moment: On becoming “political” and taking
action as pre-service teachers
Chair: Hess. D. E
Discussant: Apple, M.
Monday, April 16th
10:35-12:05- Roundtable, Current research on teachers’ work
* Pollock, K. Non-permanent teachers’ access to work-related learning
* Bascia, N. Teacher’s work as curriculum innovators in alternative
* Wokoma, A. H. The secret life of art teachers: the work lives of six
elementary visual art teachers
* Kee, A. N. Advocating for teachers with critical quantitative
research: An exploration
Chair: Gardner, C
4:05-6:05- Paper session, Teacher unions and educational governance
* Stevenson, H. & Mercer, J. Industrial relations in transition: an
analysis of employer-union relations in the UK higher education sector
* Dondaldson, M, Cobb, C.D. Mayer, A. P., LeChasseur K & Welton, A.D.
The role of teachers’ unions in urban school decentralization
* Jha, N. & Banerjee N. Assessing the role of teachers’ unions in the
adoption of accountability laws in public education
* Naylor, C., D’Angelo, K., Fast, J., & Champion, K. E. A British
Columbia teacher union and school district collaboration to support
* Tallman, T, Conley, S. C. & Yun, J. T. Generational unionism and
crisis: Conflict within one local teachers’ union
Chair: Froese-Germain, B
Discussant: Williamson, J.C.
6:15-8:15- Business meeting, The changing international context for public
* Garsed, J., Ellis, M., Alexandrou, A. (will be replaced with
Stevenson, H.), Arriaga, M.D.L., Compton, M.
Teacher union leaders and researchers from Australia, Canada, England,
Scotland and Mexico will discuss how the context for teacher unions has
changed in their educational jurisdiction and how teacher unions in each
jurisdiction have responded to the changes.
[The business meeting is usually followed by an informal SIG social event - a visit to a restaurant or bar - all very welcome]
Tuesday, April 17th
8:15-9:45- Roundtable, Current research on teachers’ unions and teachers’
* Couture, J.C., Hargreaves, A. & McRae, P. The future of teachers’
* Pogodzinski, B & Jones, N. Teacher colleagues’ influence on novice
teacher’s perceptions of teacher unions and labor-management relations
* Popiel, K. teacher union legitimacy and member engagement
Chair: Brunton, R.
Don’t forget about the exciting off-site meeting:
Intercontinental Encounter on Education: Emancipatory Pedagogies and Resistance to Neo-liberalism, A seminar sponsored by the IDEA Network/Red-SEPA
April 12-13, 2012, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Hosted by the British Columbia
The Intercontinental Encounter will examine how neo-liberal economic and
social policies are affecting education and pedagogical practices, and frame
alternatives to these policies. The focus will be on understanding the
nature of neo-liberal education policies in different parts of the globe,
their impact, forms of resistance, and pedagogical alternatives that are
empowering and emancipatory.
Participants will be researchers and activists from teacher unions and
academic researchers who focus on teachers’ work and teachers’ unions. They
will be from Latin America as well as North America and other regions.
Spanish-English translation will be provided.
The structure of the seminar will be panels of presentations, followed by
working sessions in two languages.
This seminar will precede the conference of the American Education Research
Association (AERA) being held in Vancouver, Canada, from April 14-17, 2012.
The number of participants will be limited by the need for simultaneous
translation. The seminar organizers anticipate that about 20 participants
will be from Latin America. There will be room for up to 50 other
For more information:
Larry Kuehn, Director of Research, BC Teachers’ Federation
Steve Stewart, Technical Secretary, IDEA Network/Red-SEPA