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Transient teachers : mixed messages of schooling in regional Australia

Mills, Carmen and Gale, Trevor 2003, Transient teachers : mixed messages of schooling in regional Australia, Journal of research in rural education, vol. 18, no. 3, Winter, pp. 145-151.

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Title Transient teachers : mixed messages of schooling in regional Australia
Author(s) Mills, Carmen
Gale, Trevor
Journal name Journal of research in rural education
Volume number 18
Issue number 3
Season Winter
Start page 145
End page 151
Total pages 7
Publisher University of Maine, College of Education and Human Development
Place of publication Orono, Me.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1062-4228
1551-0670
Keyword(s) transience
mobility
teachers
isolated communities
regional schooling
Summary This article explores the transience and mobility of teachers working in an isolated community: a secondary school in regional Australia. Drawing on parent, student, and teacher interviews, we ask: how should we understand these teacher commitments to schooling and how does this influence parents’ and students’ commitments and understandings of the “outside” value of their community? Responses to these questions are theorized utilizing the social theory of Pierre Bourdieu. Drawing on this work we argue that, even though teachers in this context are the bearers of highly prized capitals, they act more as gatekeepers than as their distributors and/or challengers. While we conclude that teachers may need to address their mobility and the messages this conveys in order to make a difference in such schools and communities, we also acknowledge that there are complexities related to staff residing in the community given its treatment of outsiders.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, University of Maine
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30040810

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