Transient teachers: mixed messages of schooling in regional Australia

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Mills, Carmen and Gale, Trevor. 2003. "Transient teachers: mixed messages of schooling in regional Australia." Journal of Research in Rural Education. 18 (3), pp. 145-151.
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Transient teachers: mixed messages of schooling in regional Australia

ERA Journal ID200062
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMills, Carmen (Author) and Gale, Trevor (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Research in Rural Education
Journal Citation18 (3), pp. 145-151
Number of Pages7
Year2003
Place of PublicationOrono, ME. United States
ISSN1062-4228
1551-0670
Web Address (URL)http://www.acclaim-math.org/docs/jrre_archives/v18,n3,p145-151,Mills,Gale.pdf
Abstract

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 (Bourdieu, 1997; Bourdieu & Passeron, 1979, 1990). 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'.

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020441003. Rural sociology
390203. Sociology of education
520102. Educational psychology
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