Connecting the Dots: Policy Development and the Out-of-Field Teaching Reality in Education

  • Anna Elizabeth Du PlessisEmail author


In this book, out-of-field teaching is defined as teachers teaching subject areas, fields or year levels outside their qualifications or expertise. Out-of-field teaching is a phenomenon that has major implications for quality teaching and student achievement; it is so widespread that strategies and decisions aimed at improving the quality of education that do not consider the impact of the phenomenon run the risk of being disconnected from the realities in classroom contexts. On the other hand, strategies, frameworks and decisions that are closely connected to the teaching and learning environment have the potential to demonstrate the power of policy on the management of the phenomenon with policy frameworks that encompass the macro and the micro of its issues. This chapter, therefore, discusses both the consequences of the phenomenon on quality education and the role targeted policies can have for its more successful management.


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