Media representation of teachers across five countries

Alhamdan, Bandar, Al-Saadi, Khalid, Baroutsis, Aspa, Du Plessis, Anna, Hamid, Obaidul M., & Honan, Eileen (2014) Media representation of teachers across five countries. Comparative Education, 50(4), pp. 490-505.

View at publisher


This paper reports on an investigation into the representation of teachers in newspapers in five countries. An innovative methodology was used to develop a method of inquiry that supports a deeper understanding of media representations of teachers which can also be used by other researchers in comparative education. The paper explores relevant literature on teachers’ work and media studies,and describes the decisions made about the selection of newspapers from the five countries and the analytical framework. Central to the project was the development of an analytic framework which we applied to our analysis of the media data collected from the five countries. The process revealed the construction of four categories of teacher identity: the caring practitioner; the transparent (un)professional; the moral and social role model; and the transformative intellectual. The aim was not to generalise categories but to offer them as they were found in newspapers during this time frame. The data analysis demonstrates the applicability of the innovative methodology while the project also contributes to locally translated understandings of teacher representations. The paper concludes with a reflection on the effectiveness of the methodology for comparative research.

Impact and interest:

3 citations in Scopus
4 citations in Web of Science®
Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

15 since deposited on 08 Aug 2016
15 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 97961
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: media representations of teachers, newspaper representations of teachers, comparative representations of teachers
DOI: 10.1080/03050068.2013.853476
ISSN: 0305-0068
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published
and is available in Comparative Education, 26 February 2014,
Deposited On: 08 Aug 2016 01:38
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 14:45

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page