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Global Teachers, Australian Perspectives

Goodbye Mr Chips, Hello Ms Banerjee

Reid, Carol, Collins, Jock, Singh, Michael

2014, XIII, 186 p. 42 illus.

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  • The first detailed contemporary account of the experiences of global teachers in Australia
  • Important text for the fields of sociology of education and immigration studies for undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Contributes to the international literature across the globe regarding the mobility of professionals

This is the first book on global teachers and the increasingly important phenomenon of ‘brain circulation’ in the global teaching profession. A teaching qualification is a passport to an international professional career: the global teacher is found in more and more classrooms around the world today. It is a two-way movement. This book looks at the growing importance of immigrant teachers in western countries today and at teachers who exit from western countries (emigrant teachers) seeking teaching experience in other countries. Drawing on the international literature in Europe, North America, Asia and elsewhere supplemented by rich insights derived from recent Australian research, the book outlines the personal, institutional and structural processes nationally and internationally underlying the increasing global circulation of teachers. It identifies the key drivers of global teacher mobility: a range of factors including family, lifestyle, classroom experience, travel, opportunities for advancement, discipline, linguistic skills, taxation rates, cultural factors and institutional frameworks and policy support. The book is the first detailed contemporary account of the experiences of Australian immigrant and emigrant teachers in the schools and communities where they teach and live. It makes an important and original theoretical and empirical contribution to the contemporary fields of sociology of education and immigration studies.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Brain circulation - Emigrant teacher experience - Global labour market for teachers - Immigrant teachers - Mobility of teachers - Teachers in Australia

Related subjects » Education & Language - Learning & Instruction - Population Studies

Table of contents 

Foreword - Professor Raewyn Connell

Acknowledgements

About the Authors

Abbreviations

Chapter 1 - Introduction

References

Chapter 2 – Globalizing Teachers: policy and theoretical dimensions

Theoretical Points of Departure

Bourdieu, Reconversion and Tests

Racialization

Critiques and Educational Change

Methodology

Conclusion

References

Chapter 3 Immigrant Teachers in Australia: Quantitative Insights

Introduction

Global and Australian Immigration: contemporary trends and developments

Immigrant Teachers in Australia: background

A Survey of Immigrant Teachers in Australia

Immigration Experience

Experience in Australian Schools

Experience Living in Australia

References

Chapter 4 – Global Teachers’ Pathways to Australia

Introduction

The Demand for Teachers

The Immigration Processes and Pathways to Australia

References

Chapter 5 – The Capital Reconversion of Global Teachers in Australia

Introduction

Red Tape Experiences

Capital Conversion Tests for Global Teachers in NSW Public Schools

First-Generation Critique-Driven Test Corrections

Second-Generation Critique-Driven Test Corrections

Third-Generation Critique-Driven Test Corrections

Critique-Driven Test Corrections

Conclusion

References

Chapter 6 – Internationally Educated Teachers’ Critiques of Tests of their Employability

Introduction

Lack of Authenticity

Inequalities

Oppression

Disenchantment

Conclusion

Bibliography

Chapter 7 – Global Teachers Living and Teaching in Australia

Introduction

Experiences in their New Schools

Discrimination and Racism

Racialised Responses to Immigrant Teachers’ Accents

Racial Discrimination in Schools

The Difficulties of Appointments to Remote Schools

Was it worth it?

What Happens Next?

Conclusion

References

Chapter 8 – Goodbye ‘Mr Chips’: the global mobility of Australian-educated teachers

Being a Foreigner/Waiguoren/Gaigin/Gweilo/Putih…

The Participants and their Characteristics

Qualifications, Destinations and Recognition Overseas

Settling In

Gender

‘Oh, God, I Don’t Have Black Hair or Brown Eyes’

Being a Laughing Stock

Freaky ‘Westerners’

Support Overseas

Home Again: the value of being overseas and bringing back cultural knowledge

Recognition of Overseas Experience

... To Be a Bit of a Gypsy?

Conclusion

References

Chapter 9 – Revisiting Ms Banerjee and Mr Chips

References

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