Out-of-field teaching and professional development : A transnational investigation across Australia and South Africa

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Du Plessis, Anna, Gillies, Robyn and Carroll, Annemaree. (2014) Out-of-field teaching and professional development : A transnational investigation across Australia and South Africa. International Journal of Educational Research. 66, pp. 90 - 102. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2014.03.002
AuthorsDu Plessis, Anna, Gillies, Robyn and Carroll, Annemaree
Abstract

This paper critically reflects on the lived meaning of out-of-field teaching for professional development. Out-of-field teaching is a commonly used term that refers to teachers who are assigned to teach subjects and year levels when they are not suitably qualified to do so. Out-of-field teaching is a transnational common practice with developing concerns in countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Turkey, South Africa and Europe (Norway and Germany). Understanding the interrelations between leaders’ perceptions, the real-life experiences of out-of-field teachers and what it means for their professional development is an under-researched field. Results from seven very different school settings in Australia and South Africa revealed assumptions and misconceptions about out-of-field teaching and its meaning for professional development. Through the different lenses of participants out-of-field teaching was investigated to reveal meaning, perceptions and leaders’ influence on teachers’ professional learning.

Year2014
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Research
Journal citation66, pp. 90 - 102
ISSN0883-0355
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2014.03.002
Page range90 - 102
Research GroupInstitute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE)
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