“They have it better there” : Chinese Migrant Teachers’ Beliefs, Imaginaries and Ideologies in Cross-national Comparisons

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Liu , H , Dervin , F , Hui Ling , X & Moloney , R 2019 , ' “They have it better there” : Chinese Migrant Teachers’ Beliefs, Imaginaries and Ideologies in Cross-national Comparisons ' , Frontiers of Education in China , vol. 14 , no. 3 , pp. 453-479 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s11516-019-0022-8

Title: “They have it better there” : Chinese Migrant Teachers’ Beliefs, Imaginaries and Ideologies in Cross-national Comparisons
Author: Liu, Haiqin; Dervin, Fred; Hui Ling, Xu; Moloney, Robyn
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Teacher Education
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Date: 2019
Number of pages: 27
Belongs to series: Frontiers of Education in China
ISSN: 1673-341X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/320401
Abstract: This paper was written in response to a growing need to address the perceptions and experiences of teachers of migrant background. Based on a critical intercultural theoretical perspective, which moves beyond typical ‘culture shock’ and ‘adaptation’ models of understanding and explaining migrants’ experiences, this paper makes use of the concepts of teacher beliefs, ideologies and imaginaries (Holliday, 2010) in considering how Finland-based Chinese migrant teachers perceive the position of being teachers of Chinese in Finland and Australia. Analysis of data from group discussions during a teacher training workshop indicates that these teachers constructed a “utopia” (Australia) and “dystopia” (Finland) Chinese language teaching, and reveals that multiple factors have influenced these migrant teachers’ perceptions and experiences. Findings provide information for e.g. teacher educators and stakeholders to better understand and support migrant teachers from various linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
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