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Understand an emerging “failure” of an equality-oriented teacher policy in China: A job search perspective
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, College of Education, United States ; , Department of English Language Education, Hong Kong

International Journal of Educational Research Volume 81, Number 1, ISSN 0883-0355 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd

Abstract

Free Teacher Education (FTE) is a Chinese case of equality-oriented teacher policies which aim to equalize teacher quality for high-need contexts. Recent studies consistently find that FTE’s goal is failing. The present study is aimed to understand this emerging “failure” from a job search perspective. Drawing on interview data with fourteen teachers, we find that teacher’s preferences, policy interventions and contextual factors jointly shaped the teachers’ decision making on whether, where, and which school to teach. This study concludes that equality-oriented teacher policies are more likely to succeed if they offer generous benefits to participating teachers, tightly tie teachers’ obligation to working in high-need schools, and provide necessary administrative arrangements so as to secure faithful implementation on the ground.

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Liao, W. & Yuan, R. (2017). Understand an emerging “failure” of an equality-oriented teacher policy in China: A job search perspective. International Journal of Educational Research, 81(1), 71-82. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved April 7, 2020 from .

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Full text is availabe on Science Direct: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2016.11.002

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