Transnational preservice teachers in local education programs : a critical realist approach to narratives

Spathis, Annetta (2014) Transnational preservice teachers in local education programs : a critical realist approach to narratives. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

This study explores how preservice teachers with non-Australian educational backgrounds and prerequisite qualifications make their way into and through a local teacher education program. It is informed by Margaret Archer's sociology of reflexivity to understand the interplay between these people's personal resources and institutional constraints and enablements. Data were collected from seven participants through narrative interviews. A narrative analysis identified big and small stories. Findings show that these preservice teachers purposefully exercise their agency as they invest in a common project for a variety of transnational goals. The outcome of that project emerges from the interaction between structure and agency.

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ID Code: 79188
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Doherty, Catherine & Tangen, Donna
Keywords: teacher education, narrative analysis, critical realism, international preservice teachers, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, reflexivity, practicum, immigrant teachers, big and small stories
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 17 Dec 2014 06:41
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2015 06:49

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