ERIC Number: ED359143
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Short-Term Secondments: An Examination of the Experience of an Occupational Transition in Education.
McMichael, Paquita; And Others
This project explored the activities and attitudes of Scottish teachers (N=50) on secondment to a variety of different bodies. The term "secondment" refers to the short-term assignment of a professional person from one institution to another, involving new forms of accountability and professional commitment. Three types of secondments were investigated: secondment from school teaching to teaching in colleges of education, secondment from school or college teaching to posts in the Scottish Office Education Department or the Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum, and secondment from teaching posts to other kinds of work within the regional Education Authorities. The project examined the characteristics of secondees, their detachment from their previous posts, their attachment to the new posts, their subsequent detachment from secondment, and their transition to the old or a new job. It focused on motivation for secondment application, employer responses toward the secondment, expectations and experiences of the secondment, adjustment, and the process of exiting the secondment. Twenty secondees were interviewed, and all 50 teachers on secondment responded to a questionnaire inquiry. The project found that administrative arrangements were unsatisfactorily managed both by the secondment agency and by the employers to which secondees returned. Lack of recognition and esteem for secondees was a serious problem if they returned to their previous jobs, and for some within their secondments. However, secondees reported that their experiences were richly rewarding in terms of meeting challenges and developing both professionally and personally. Appendixes provide interview questions and a copy of the questionnaire form. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Heriot-Watt Univ., Edinburgh (Scotland). Moray House Inst. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)