Examining the Phenomenon of “Teaching Out-of-field”

International Perspectives on Teaching as a Non-specialist

  • Linda Hobbs
  • Günter Törner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Teaching Out-of-Field as a World-Wide Phenomenon: Defining and Understanding a Contextualized Issue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Linda Hobbs, Günter Törner
      Pages 3-20
    3. Richard M. Ingersoll
      Pages 21-51
    4. Anne Price, Colleen Vale, Raphaela Porsch, Esti Rahayu, Fiona Faulkner, Máire Ní Ríordáin et al.
      Pages 53-83
  3. The Complexity of the Teaching Out-of-Field Phenomenon

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Linda Hobbs, Anna E. du Plessis, Frances Quinn, Emily Rochette
      Pages 87-128
  4. Confronting Dilemmas and Addressing the Issues of Teaching Out-of-Field

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Anna  E. du Plessis, Linda Hobbs, Julie  A. Luft, Colleen Vale
      Pages 217-242
    3. Coral Campbell, Raphaela Porsch, Linda Hobbs
      Pages 243-267
    4. Fiona Faulkner, John Kenny, Coral Campbell, Cosette Crisan
      Pages 269-308
    5. Linda Hobbs, Günter Törner
      Pages 309-322

About this book


This book identifies and surveys the major themes around ‘out-of-field teaching’, that is, teaching subjects or year levels without a specialization. This has been an issue in many countries for some time, yet until recently there has been little formal research and poor policy responses to related problems. This book arises out of collaborations between members of an international group of researchers and practitioners from Australia, Germany, Ireland, England, South Africa, Indonesia and the United States. Cross-national comparisons of ideas through case studies, descriptions of practice and research data interrogates the experiences, practices, and contexts relating to out-of-field teaching. In particular, the book considers the phenomenon of out-of-field teaching in relation to national policy contexts, local school leadership practices, professional development. The book represents an essential contribution on a highly topical issue that has implications for quality and equitable education around the globe.


Teaching out-of-field Teaching across specialisations Teacher specialisation Teacher professional development Teacher attraction and attrition Teacher workforce International collaboration

Editors and affiliations

  • Linda Hobbs
    • 1
  • Günter Törner
    • 2
  1. 1.Deakin University Waurn PondsAustralia
  2. 2.University of Duisburg-Essen DuisburgGermany

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