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Goodbye ‘Mr Chips’: The Global Mobility of Australian-Educated Teachers

  • Carol Reid
  • Jock Collins
  • Michael Singh
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Abstract

Global teachers leave and arrive. This chapter looks at emigrant teachers, that is, Australian-trained teachers who leave to teach in other countries. They are part of the Australian Diaspora. It explores their motivations for teaching in other countries and their experiences in schools and communities overseas. Emigrant teachers experience difficulties with the formal and informal curriculum. Racialization plays a key role in responses to these mainly White emigrant teachers through the construction of their Western-ness, which impacts strongly on many female emigrant teachers, who reported stereotypical expectations of their femininity and sexuality by the school and community. Humour is one strategy emigrant teachers adopt in new schools in new countries to deal with these unsettling situations. Cosmopolitan Social theory provides new insights into the personal and professional experiences, hopes and aspirations of emigrant teachers. These emigrant teachers develop a more cosmopolitan disposition and acceptance of difference, a very valuable trait for teachers who return to Australia, one of the world’s most cosmopolitan nations. However most emigrant teachers are penalised and not rewarded in the Australian school system after the return to Australia with their global teaching experience, a form of market failure in Australian school education.

Keywords

Western Australia Australian School International School South Australia White Teacher 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol Reid
    • 1
  • Jock Collins
    • 2
  • Michael Singh
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Educational ResearchUniversity of Western SydneyPenrithAustralia
  2. 2.Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research CentreUniversity of Technology SydneyBroadwayAustralia

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