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Examining the Phenomenon of “Teaching Out-of-field”

International Perspectives on Teaching as a Non-specialist

Editors: Hobbs, Linda, Törner, Günter (Eds.)

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  • Provides international comparison of key issues relating to out-of-field teachingIncludes contributions by prominent authors and practitioners in the fieldExplores a complex picture of how to conceptualise out-of-field teaching, its effects, and responses

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This book identifies and surveys the major themes around ‘out-of-field teaching’, that is, teaching subjects or year levels without a specialization. This has been an issue in many countries for some time, yet until recently there has been little formal research and poor policy responses to related problems. This book arises out of collaborations between members of an international group of researchers and practitioners from Australia, Germany, Ireland, England, South Africa, Indonesia and the United States. Cross-national comparisons of ideas through case studies, descriptions of practice and research data interrogates the experiences, practices, and contexts relating to out-of-field teaching. In particular, the book considers the phenomenon of out-of-field teaching in relation to national policy contexts, local school leadership practices, professional development. The book represents an essential contribution on a highly topical issue that has implications for quality and equitable education around the globe.

About the authors

Linda Hobbs has taught science education at the tertiary level since 2002. Her PhD explored the effect of subject culture on the ways teachers conceptualize science and mathematics teaching; out-of-field teaching emerged as an issue requiring further research in Australia. Since then, Linda has undertaken various research projects relating to teachers’ experiences of teaching out-of-field, the influence of context, support and teachers’ personal resources on perceptions of feeling out-of-field, how teacher education programs prepare teachers for out-of-field teaching, and the policy climate relating to the issue. With funding for an Australian Research Council Discovery Project (2015-2017) Linda is part of a team (from Deakin, University of New England and University of Queensland) exploring the learning needs and school cultures supporting teachers new to mathematics and science teaching, including out-of-field teachers. Linda also heads an international group exploring this issue.
Professor Törner studied mathematics and physics at the University of Giessen from 1968 to 1972. He received his PhD with the thesis “A classification of Hielmslev levels and Hielmslev rings” in 1975. Subsequently, he worked as a lecturer at the Technological University Darmstadt for four years. In 1977, he earned his postdoctoral lecturer qualification in mathematics. In 1978, he became a professor at the University of Paderborn. In the same year he was appointed as a full professor at the University of Duisburg-Essen, where he chaired the Department of Discrete Mathematics and Algebra. Prof. Törner has supervised many dissertations and continues to publish internationally. Additionally, he is pursuing numerous research projects with business partners as well as international partners from academia.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Teaching Out-of-Field as a Phenomenon and Research Problem

    Hobbs, Linda (et al.)

    Pages 3-20

  • Measuring Out-of-Field Teaching

    Ingersoll, Richard M.

    Pages 21-51

  • Teaching Out-of-Field Internationally

    Price, Anne (et al.)

    Pages 53-83

  • Examining the Complexity of the Out-of-Field Teacher Experience Through Multiple Theoretical Lenses

    Hobbs, Linda (et al.)

    Pages 87-128

  • Teacher Professional Competence: What Can Be Learned About the Knowledge and Practices Needed for Teaching?

    Ní Ríordáin, Máire (et al.)

    Pages 129-149

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-13-3366-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-13-3365-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Examining the Phenomenon of “Teaching Out-of-field”
Book Subtitle
International Perspectives on Teaching as a Non-specialist
Editors
  • Linda Hobbs
  • Günter Törner
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-3366-8
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-3366-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-3365-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 322
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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