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Diversifying the Teaching Profession
Dimensions, Dilemmas and Directions for the Future

ISBN 9781032037349
Published September 26, 2022 by Routledge
268 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This edited volume is about diversifying the teaching profession. It is unique in its inclusion of multiple dimensions of diversity; its chapters focus on a wide range of under-represented groups, including those from lower socio-economic groups, Black and minority ethnic groups, migrants, the Travelling community, the Deaf community, the LGBTQI+ community and those of mature age.

The book includes contributions from Australia, England, Iceland, Portugal and Scotland, as well as a number of chapters from the Irish context, mostly emanating from projects funded under Ireland’s Higher Education Authority’s Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH): Strand 1Equity of Access to Initial Teacher Education.

The book also critically engages the rationale for diversifying the profession, arguing not only that representation still matters, but also that ultimately teacher diversity work needs to encompass system transformation to achieve a diverse, equitable and inclusive teaching profession.

Table of Contents



Section I: Introduction, Rationale and International Perspectives

Chapter 1: Diversifying the Teaching Profession: Representation Matters

Elaine Keane, Manuela Heinz and Rory Mc Daid

Chapter 2: The Rationale for Diversifying the Teaching Profession: Social Justice, Ethnic-Matching and Recent Trends

Devon Goodwin and Elaine Keane

Chapter 3: Diversity in the Teaching Profession in Ireland: Tracing Research and Policy Development

Elaine Keane, Manuela Heinz and Rory Mc Daid

Chapter 4: Diversifying the Teaching Profession in Scotland: The Work of the Scottish Government’s Working Group on Diversifying the Teaching Profession

Rowena Arshad

Chapter 5: The Role of Teachers and Leaders with Immigrant Backgrounds in Implementing Culturally Responsive Practices

Hanna Ragnarsdóttir

Chapter 6: Teacher Gender Diversity: Uncovering a Hidden Curriculum of Masculinities

Kevin F. McGrath

Chapter 7: Overcoming the Under-representation of Teachers with Disabilities in School Communities: Enablers and Barriers

Patrícia Neca, Paula Campos Pinto and Maria Leonor Borges

Chapter 8: The Role of Professional Passion and Identity in Improving Diversity and Success in Professional Education including Teaching

Liz Thomas and Elisabeth Hovdhaugen


Section II: Diversity in Initial Teacher Education and the Teaching Profession in Ireland

Chapter 9: ‘Working Class’ Student Teachers’ Constructions of Teaching as a Powerful Role: Encountering Deficit-based ‘Teacher Talk’ During Placement

Elaine Keane, Manuela Heinz and Andrea Lynch

Chapter 10: ‘Going the Extra Mile’: Working Class Teachers and Their Engagement with Parents

Gareth Burns and Katriona O’Sullivan

Chapter 11: The Journey from Further Education to Teacher Education: A Step too Far?

Eileen Kelly-Blakeney and Patricia Kennedy

Chapter 12: Migrant Teachers in Ireland: An Untapped Trapped Reservoir?

Rory Mc Daid

Chapter 13: ‘No One Sees a Traveller at the Top of the Class’: Experiences of Irish Travellers on Programmes Supporting Teacher Diversity

Gareth Burns, Miriam Colum and Jerry O’Neill

Chapter 14: Someone Like Me? Minority Ethnic Children Reflect on the Need for Minority Ethnic Teachers

María Florencia Sala Rothen and Rory Mc Daid

Chapter 15: Creating Inclusive Communities: Preparing the University for a Cohort of Deaf-Sign Language Users in Initial Teacher Education

Elizabeth S. Mathews and Amy Ryan

Chapter 16: LGBTQI+ Teachers in Ireland: Dilemmas of Visibility, Age-Appropriateness and Religion Across a Period of Rapid Legislative Change

Aoife Neary

Chapter 17: Supporting Mature Students in Primary Teacher Education: A Framework of Care

Karina Ryan


Section III: Learning from Teacher Diversity Research and Charting Future Pathways

Chapter 18: Diversifying the Teaching Profession: Mapping Learning and Interrogating Tensions

Rory Mc Daid, Elaine Keane and Manuela Heinz

Chapter 19: Charting Pathways towards a More Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Teaching Profession

Manuela Heinz, Elaine Keane and Rory Mc Daid

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Elaine Keane is Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor as well as Director of Doctoral Studies in the School of Education at the University of Galway.

Manuela Heinz is Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor as well as Head of Discipline of Education in the School of Education at the University of Galway.

Rory Mc Daid is Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor in Sociology of Education as well as Director of Research at Marino Institute of Education, Dublin.


This provocative book has much to offer to all those in the international community who are interested in issues related to the diversification of the teaching profession and in issues of diversity and equity in teacher education and schooling. I enthusiastically recommend this book to readers all over the world.

Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith, Boston College, USA

The international and Irish research and policy explored here should be essential reading not only for all initial teacher education students but also for teacher educators, educational leaders, policy makers and anyone interested in social justice and solidarity.  The research-informed principles and their policy and practice implications should also be embedded in the debates of parent organisations, teacher unions and management bodies.

Emeritus Professor Sheelagh Drudy, University College Dublin