Time and Control in Teachers’ Work: The Erosion of Rhythms

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This paper investigates how temporalities and rhythms in teaching are related to mental strain and wellbeing. The temporality of teachers’ work is currently changing in many countries due to public sector cutbacks and new ways of teaching. This article will examine psychosocial strain related to changes in the temporal order of work among teachers in Denmark. A 2014 change in Danish legislation forced teachers to conduct all their work at their school. This caused the largest labor marked conflict seen in Denmark for many years, and the largest ever seen in the public sector. Before this change in legislation, teachers were free to organize all their time outside the scheduled teaching, such as the time and place for preparation, meetings, contact with parents and other professionals in the school system. Preparation norms, which previously have been negotiated, was abolished and put under managerial control in terms of number of hours allocated to tasks. This fundamentally different organization of time is examined using qualitative data. The chapter draws on concepts from both psychosocial working environment research and the sociology of time. The aim is to study the changes in the rhythmic relationship between different types of tasks, division of labor, rhythms of time for socializing, communication practices, coordination, synchronization, etc.
Translated title of the contributionTid og kontrol i lærerarbejdet : Erosion af rytmer
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences : Proceedings of the AHFE 2017 International Conference on Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences, July 17-21, 2017, The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA
EditorsTerence Andre
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationSpringer International Publishing
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-60017-8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-60018-5
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventInternational Conference on Human factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences - THE WESTIN BONAVENTURE, Los Angeles , United States
Duration: 17 Jul 201721 Jul 2017
Conference number: 8


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
Internet address
SeriesAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing


  • Rhythms
  • Control
  • Time conflicts
  • Work life balance
  • Temporality
  • Intensity

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