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Is the world their oyster? The global imagination of pre-service teachers

Widegren, Pernilla & Doherty, Catherine A. (2010) Is the world their oyster? The global imagination of pre-service teachers. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 38(1), pp. 5-22.

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Abstract

This paper reports on a qualitative interview study with eleven pre-service primary teachers in Queensland about their career plans exploring whether and how a global imagination motivates this next generation of teachers. The study is framed within sociological theory of globalisation, with regard to the growing possibilities for international mobility for work purposes, and the new life circumstances which make this imaginable. Teaching as a profession has changed and teachers are no longer as entangled with specific systems or geographical locations anymore. International recruitment campaigns are shown to pursue these pre-service teachers during their university preparation. The analysis of the interview data reveals the kind of impact these possibilities make on how pre-service teachers imagine their career, and what other considerations enhance or limit their global imagination. The findings are used to reflect on the highly localised governance of pre-service teacher preparation and the limited state-bound imaginaries to which these pre-service teachers are unnecessarily confined in their preparation.

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ID Code: 31083
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: mobility, pre-service teacher, global imagination, career
DOI: 10.1080/13598660903474155
ISSN: 1359-866X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Routledge/Australian Teacher Education Association
Deposited On: 02 Mar 2010 09:01
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:15

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