Four Religious Education Teachers : Four Retrospective Career Trajectories

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Luodeslampi , J , Kuusisto , A & Kallioniemi , A 2019 , ' Four Religious Education Teachers : Four Retrospective Career Trajectories ' , Religions , vol. 10 , no. 8 , 474 . https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10080474

Title: Four Religious Education Teachers : Four Retrospective Career Trajectories
Author: Luodeslampi, Juha; Kuusisto, Arniika; Kallioniemi, Arto
Contributor organization: Department of Education
Hu­man­it­ies and So­cial Sci­ences Edu­ca­tion (Hu­SoEd)
Date: 2019-08-13
Language: eng
Number of pages: 19
Belongs to series: Religions
ISSN: 2077-1444
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10080474
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/307168
Abstract: This article examines the career paths of Finnish Religious Education (RE) teachers who were born in the 1930s, through a retrospective, self-autobiographical life history approach. The material reported here is a part of wider data of mainly written narratives (N = 62) from RE teachers who recount their career trajectories. In these career-focused life histories, the teachers outline their own professionalism as embedded in changing sociohistorical contexts, where to a great extent they tell about the active development of the school and the teaching of their particular subject to answer to the changing needs and challenges. Some teachers have, along with their teaching, also been actively involved in different communities or associations. Many of the Religious Education teachers here reflect on their career paths in relation to their profession as a teacher and often also with double qualifications as pastor trained theologians. At times, this constructs a possibility for tension between the roles of a teacher and that of a pastor, and in the perceptions of RE as a school subject and as something “preached” in the pulpit—some see their professionalism above all in relation to their religious life. This also includes a notable gender divide in the data, as at the time when these teachers gained their professional qualifications, it was only possible for men to be ordained in the Finnish Lutheran Church. Succeeding this, the male teachers in these data commonly have pastorhood as their first profession. For the purpose of this article, the career accounts of four teachers have been selected for further analysis, as they were perceived as telling examples of the wider material in terms of more or less typical career paths.
Subject: career trajectory
life history
narrative
religious education
teacher
516 Educational sciences
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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