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ERIC Number: EJ1085377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0313-7155
Reporting the "Exodus": News Coverage of Teacher Shortage in Australian Newspapers
Shine, Kathryn
Issues in Educational Research, v25 n4 p501-516 2015
Many developed countries, including Australia, struggle to recruit and retain adequate numbers of school teachers. Over the past decade every Australian state has experienced teacher shortages and, at various times, there has been a national shortfall of qualified teaching staff. This paper considers the reporting of teacher shortage in four metropolitan daily Australian newspapers over a 10-year period. The focus of the analysis is on the newspapers' portrayal of teachers throughout the coverage. The key themes identified were found to be consistent across the four publications. Teachers were frequently portrayed as leaving, or planning to leave, the profession due to dissatisfaction with pay, difficult students and/or excessive workloads. Furthermore, teachers were depicted as low achievers. Teachers' voices were largely absent in the reporting, and the coverage rarely acknowledged the benefits and rewards of teaching as a career. The implications of these findings are discussed and recommendations for journalists and educators outlined.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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