The Achievement Ideology and Top-Down National Standardized Exam Policy in Indonesia: Voices from Local English Teachers

Mukminin, Amirul and Eddy, Haryanto and Makmur, Makmur and Failasofah, Failasofah and Fajaryani, Nunung and Thabran, Yulhenli (2013) The Achievement Ideology and Top-Down National Standardized Exam Policy in Indonesia: Voices from Local English Teachers. Turkish Online Journal of Qualitative Inquiry, 4 (4). pp. 19-38. ISSN 1309-6591

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Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative inquiry was to explore and describe the perspectives of local English teachers on the National Standardized Exam [NSE] policy as a high-stakes exam to gauge student performance nationally at four senior high schools in Jambi City, Indonesia. The theoretical framework of the ethics of critique, justice, and care was used to guide this study. Data for this study are collected through a demographic background survey and in-depth interviews with fifteen local English teachers. The demographic data were analyzed descriptively. The interviews data were analyzed using within-case and cross-case displays and analyses. Two salient themes with their subthemes that emerged were (1) negative perspectives on the practices and accuracy of the NSE policy and (2) unintended consequences the NSE policy (curriculum and instruction, teaching and learning, teacher motivation, student motivation, less attention to non-tested disciplines, and widespread cheating). This study provides information for policy makers, school leaders, researchers, and teacher educators to understand how the policy is implemented at the school level. Policy implications are discussed.

Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Depositing User: AMIRUL MUKMININ
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2017 18:47
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2017 18:47
URI: http://repository.unja.ac.id/id/eprint/181

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