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Insights into casual relief teaching: casual relief teachers’ perceptions of their knowledge and skills

journal contribution
posted on 2017-01-01, 00:00 authored by Maria NicholasMaria Nicholas, Muriel WellsMuriel Wells
Research into the experiences of casual relief teachers (CRTs)
(substitute or supply teachers) across Australia and internationally
has reported feelings of marginalisation among participants. These
findings are concerning when one considers that students might
be in the care of CRTs for an equivalent of 1 year or more
throughout their schooling. When CRTs describe such feelings
there is a suggestion that they do not feel a part of the community
of practice in which they work. Accordingly, their opportunities for
professional learning are often compromised, which has implications
for their ability to maintain pedagogical knowledge and
skills. This study used cluster sampling survey data to offer insights
into professional challenges faced by CRTs. The discussion examines
the self-determined skills of 59 Australian CRTs and the way
schooling is organised that may leave them feeling excluded
rather than members of what should be their “communities of
practice.”

History

Journal

Asia-pacific journal of teacher education

Volume

45

Issue

3

Pagination

229 - 249

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1359-866X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2016, Australian Teacher Education Association