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Title: Teaching to time : supply teachers' lives and work
Author: Morrison, Marlene
ISNI:       0000 0001 3425 6117
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 1995
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The central focus of the thesis is a sociological exploration of the lives and work of supply teachers who fill the temporal gaps whenever regular teachers are absent from school. Time permeates the thesis at three levels of analysis: the substantive, the theoretical, and the methodological. The interpretative, and to a lesser extent, the critical and normative traditions in sociology are applied to time in education. Time is used both as a parameter to explore links between educational structures and action as they relate to supply teachers and teaching, and to locate supply teachers' lives and work in time. The study is based upon qualitative research conducted in schools and domestic settings. Chapter 1 highlights the temporal strands which help to construct the chapters and underpin the thesis. In chapter 2 methodological issues are considered, in particular the embedding of diaries within the research process. Chapter 3 explores understandings about supply teachers and teaching in the wider context of educational change, and at the interface of local, institutional, and individual experience. Chapter 4 examines relationships between supply work, temporal commitment, and identities. In chapter 5, supply work is considered in relation to the substitute curriculum. Temporal connections in lives which move rapidly between private and public spheres are prioritised in chapter 6. The contribution of pupils to understandings about supply work is the theme pursued in chapter 7. The sociological and educational dimensions of the research are assessed in chapter 8. These have overlapping as well distinctive implications for sociologists with interests in time, school organizations, teaching, and in gendered occupations, and for educationalists with interests in the management of school systems, professional development and training, and importantly, for supply teachers themselves. Appendix 1 and 2 comprise interview and diary schedules, and Appendix 3 is a methodological note on the tracing and tracking of supply teachers.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Leverhulme Trust
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools