Ideological disempowerment of teachers

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It is commonly agreed that mangagerialism has deleterious effects to teachers’ emotions because it tends to technically disempower teachers’ work, which is also referred to as deskilling, proletarianisation and/or deprofessionalisation in the literature. However, the article argues that the another dimension of teacher disempowerment, which is ideological disempowerment, has been ignored by the literature. Therefore, the aim of this article is to discusses how managerialism may ideologically disempower teachers and how ideological disempowerment affect teachers’ emotions. It is suggested that the ideologically disempowered teachers may not only become powerless to resist heavy administrative workload assigned by external agents but also realize the instructional meanings of the workload which should have instructional meanings in nature. Copyright © 2019 on education.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOn education
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2019


Tsang, K. K. (2019). Ideological disempowerment of teachers. On education, 2(5). Retrieved from 2019.5.5


  • Accountability
  • Disempowerment
  • Emotions
  • Managerialism
  • Teacher


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