German migrant teachers in Australia: Insights into the largest cohort of non-English speaking background teachers

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© 2015, Western Australian Institute for Educational Research Inc. All rights reserved. The research reported in this paper investigates the situation of German migrant teachers in Australia. Although German born teachers represent the largest group of non-English speaking background teachers in Australia, there is no study of the circumstances and experiences of these teachers in Australia. This study aims to fill this gap. It consists of two parts, employing quantitative and qualitative methodologies. The first part provides demographic data about the German born teacher population in Australia, compiled from national Australian census data. The second part presents the results of the analyses of interviews with ten German migrant teachers in Western Australia. The results indicate issues related to the acculturation and professional transition of these teachers into Australia, such as diversity in expectations and values of education, a lack of professional support, and feelings of isolation. Finally, wider implications of the findings in terms of the provision of professional support for migrant teachers are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-396
JournalIssues in Educational Research
Volume25
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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