Measuring Professional Agency of Minority Teachers: The Case of Russian Schools in Estonia

Conference: The Barcelona Conference on Education (BCE2022)
Title: Measuring Professional Agency of Minority Teachers: The Case of Russian Schools in Estonia
Stream: Ethnicity, Difference, Identity
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Liudmila Zaichenko, Tallinn University, Estonia


Teachers' work-related agency has scientific and practical significance. It is associated with vocational satisfaction, innovativeness and transformation. Quantitative measures of this phenomenon have been proposed by the scholars from various regions, including Finland. Measuring this phenomenon among teachers (N=2050) in the culturally diverse education context of Estonia, where Estonian language of instruction and Russian instructional language schools historically co-exist, representing two various cultures and pedagogical traditions, may lead to valuable results for the advancement of the theoretical concept. The case of Estonia seems to be of a particular interest as this country has shown outstanding progress in development and integration in the European space during the recent 30 years, however it is still distinct in its high segregation in all societal domains, including education (where the children from Estonian and Russian schools perform differently in PISA international assessment). Teachers of the minority schools are associated with extremely low levels of agency in this discourse. The author represents first measures of teachers professional agency in Estonia, contrasting two samples of teachers (pertaining to different cultures) and provides implications for further conceptualisation of the teachers professional agency field of study.

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