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The work lives of teachers in England and Tasmania: Australia. A cross-cultural study of early years and primary level teachers


Yost, H and Williamson, J, The work lives of teachers in England and Tasmania: Australia. A cross-cultural study of early years and primary level teachers, The International Journal of Learning, 17, (8) pp. 331-344. ISSN 1447-9494 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2010 Common Ground, Helen Yost, John Williamson

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DOI: doi:10.18848/1447-9494/cgp/v17i08/47199


Teachers' work lives, including their roles, responsibilities, workloads and impact on their lives outside the school, is a topic of increasing interest and research internationally. In England, Galton and MacBeath (2008), reported that irrespective of country, "governance (central vs federal), [or] schooling (primary vs secondary)" teacher stress and workload appear to share a number of "common features" (p.93). In Tasmania, the island state of Australia, Gardner and Williamson (2004) investigated the work lives of primary teachers, and more recently Yost (2010) examined early childhood teachers' perceptions of teaching in contemporary Tasmanian (Australia) classrooms. The data sets from each study (i.e., Galton, MacBeath, Page, & Steward, 2002; Gardner & Williamson, 2004; Yost, 2010) reveal similarities, common trends and themes. This paper, first, will briefly describe the English and Tasmanian study contexts and the research methodology; second, present key findings identifiable within England and Tasmania's data sets and, finally, point to possible changes that may assist to alleviate some of the teachers' reported concerns. © Common Ground, Helen Yost, John Williamson.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Teachersí Work Lives
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and curriculum not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Yost, H (Mrs Helen Yost)
UTAS Author:Williamson, J (Professor John Williamson)
ID Code:66976
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2011-02-22
Last Modified:2014-11-25
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