The meaning of out-of-field teaching for educational leadership

Du Plessis, Anna E., Carroll, Annemaree and Gillies, Robyn M. (2014) The meaning of out-of-field teaching for educational leadership. International Journal of Leadership in Education, . doi:10.1080/13603124.2014.962618

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Author Du Plessis, Anna E.
Carroll, Annemaree
Gillies, Robyn M.
Title The meaning of out-of-field teaching for educational leadership
Journal name International Journal of Leadership in Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1360-3124
Publication date 2014-10-10
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13603124.2014.962618
Open Access Status
Total pages 26
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Assigning teachers to a position for which they are not suitably qualified influences effective educational leadership. The paper reveals assumptions and misconceptions about the lived experiences of teachers in out-of-field positions and what it means for effective educational leadership. The multilayered meaning of out-of-field teaching for quality education is an international concern which includes countries such as Australia, USA, UK, Korea, Europe, Turkey and South Africa. The paper reports on a transnational qualitative investigation conducted in Australia and South Africa at seven schools in different educational environments. The meaning of lived experiences in relation to out-of-field teaching and educational leadership is explored through the lenses of educational directors, principals, specialist and out-of-field teachers and parents. An in-depth discussion of the practical and social implications unveils taken-for-granted traditions and cultures in relation to out-of-field teaching. The paper concludes with an in-depth discussion of the meaning out-of-field teaching has for educational leadership, while it underlines specific complexities for decision-making and policy development. The need for further research in relation to educational leadership training and professional development in relation to the out-of-field situation is revealed.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 10 October 2014.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Thu, 16 Oct 2014, 06:48:30 EST by Professor Robyn Gillies on behalf of School of Education