Neither Fish Nor Fowl: Exploring Seconded and Contracted Teachers' Experiences of the University Sector

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Reupert, Andrea
Wilkinson, Jane
Galloway, Letitia
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2010
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While seconded and contracted teachers make a significant contribution to education faculties there is limited research regarding their experiences, needs and supports. Accordingly, interviews were conducted with five seconded and three contracted teachers in an Australian regional university and interpreted within a qualitative, interpretative framework. Themes that emerge from the study highlight the contrast between university and school cultures, issues around identity, the ways in which teaching is viewed, research activity for second/contracted teachers, positives and negatives around secondment, and the phases through which seconded and contract teachers move during their employment at university. Recommendations regarding the role and expectations of seconded and contracted teachers conclude the paper.

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The Australian Educational Researcher
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37
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3
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