1st Edition

Examining Teach For All International Perspectives on a Growing Global Network

    300 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    300 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    *Winner, 2022 Outstanding Book Award from the Society of Professors of Education*

    *Winner, 2021 Book Award from the Globalization and Education SIG, Comparative and International Education Society*

    Examining Teach For All brings together research focused on Teach For All and its affiliate programmes to explore the organisation’s impact on education around the world. Teach For All is an expanding global network of programmes in more than 50 countries that aim to radically transform education systems by recruiting talented graduates to teach for two years in under-resourced schools and developing them into lifelong advocates of reform. The volume offers nuanced insights into the interests and contexts shaping Teach For All and the challenges and possibilities inherent in broader efforts to enact education reform on a global scale. 

    This volume is the first of its kind to present empirical research on the emergence and expansion of Teach For All programmes, which replicate and adapt the Teach For America model around the world. The volume traces the network’s expansion from its initial launch in 2007 to its growing international presence, as chapters present new research from national contexts as diverse as Bangladesh, Lebanon, and Spain. Using evidence from a range of perspectives and research methodologies, the chapters collectively highlight the ways in which Teach For All and its affiliate programmes are working to alter educational landscapes worldwide.

    This book will be of great interest for scholars, educators, post-graduate students, and policymakers in the fields of comparative education, teacher education, education leadership, and education policy. It paves the way for future critical inquiry into this expanding global network as well as further investigations of educational change around the world.


    Fazal Rizvi, University of Melbourne

    Part 1: Laying the Foundation

    Chapter 1: Examining Teach For All: An Introduction

    Katherine Crawford-Garrett, Emilee Rauschenberger and Matthew A.M. Thomas

    Chapter 2: From Teach For America to Teach First: The Initial Expansion Overseas

    Emilee Rauschenberger

    Chapter 3: A growing global network: The development of international research on Teach For All 

    Matthew A.M. Thomas, Katherine Crawford-Garrett and Emilee Rauschenberger

    Part 2: Diffusion and Adaptation

    Chapter 4: The Origin and Adaptation of Teach First Norway

    Katrine Nesje

    Chapter 5: The Teach For All ‘brand’: Exploring TFA’s successful transferability through case studies of Teach South Africa and Teach First

    Jenny Elliott,

    Chapter 6: Bringing a Global Model to the Lebanese Education Context: Adaptation or Adoption?

    Maissam Nimer and Nisrine Makkouk,

    Part 3: Politics and Policies

    Chapter 7: Teach for Bangladesh as a de facto social enterprise:  
    What is it and where is it going? 

    Rino Wiseman Adhikary and Bob Lingard

    Chapter 8: Mobilising the philanthropic neoliberalisation of Teach For All in Spain 

     Geo Saura

    Chapter 9: Teacher educators and the pedagogical and curriculum complexity of Teach for All in Australia   

    Julianne Moss, Trevor Mccandless, Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, Mary Dixon, Danielle Hitch, Kate Johnstone and Jill Loughlin

    Chapter 10: Teach First Cymru: Whose Mission? Teach First and the Welsh Government ‘National Mission’ for Education 

    Alex Southern


    Part 4: Teaching and Leading

    Chapter 11: Imagining and realising ‘good quality education’:  
    Capital mobilisation by elite graduates of prestigious universities teaching in rural Chinese schools 

    Yue Melody Yin and Karen Dooley

    Chapter 12: Professional Duties and Support for Teach For All Fellows as Reported by School Principals – A Case Study of Two European Countries 

    Sarah Schneider and Hermann Josef Abs

    Chapter 13: Unpacking Teach For All’s Conceptualisation of Leadership Through the Teach For All Talks Series 

    Rolf Straubhaar

    Part 5: Conclusion

    Chapter 14: Final Thoughts on Teach For All: From where and where to?

    Matthew A.M. Thomas, Emilee Rauschenberger and Katherine Crawford-Garrett


    Matthew A.M. Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Education and Sociology of Education at the University of Sydney, Australia.

    Emilee Rauschenberger is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

    Katherine Crawford-Garrett is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education at the University of New Mexico, USA

    "This book is a welcome addition to the collection of knowledge on Teach for America, Teach First UK, and their subsequent growth into TFAll. The book compiles a valuable collection of research on the TFAll network from a variety of countries and contexts, providing an excellent foundation for the novice and an expansion of insight for more practiced researchers. Its variety of empirical research styles also add to its worth in the field, as it brings a diverse set of frameworks and methodologies."

    Abbey Jones, cited in Jones (2020) ‘Examining teach for all: International perspectives on a growing global network, International Studies in Sociology of Education’, DOI: 10.1080/09620214.2020.1857296

    "I found this book to be an extremely useful read and would gladly recommend it to others interested in learning more about the empirical work done on the TFAll network. The editors and the contributing authors of this volume have raised several pertinent questions and pointed out the similarities that exist between TFAll affiliates despite the organizations’ claims to foreground local needs and priorities. This book could serve as a critical empirical resource for both researchers and practitioners engaging with new actors like TFAll in the global educational landscape."

    Sharanya Menon, cited in Menon, S. (2021). Examining Teach for All: International Perspectives on a Growing Global Network. Nordic Journal of Comparative and International Education (NJCIE), 5(1), 34–36. https://doi.org/10.7577/njcie.4189

    "Examining Teach For All is a very informative, well-researched, and well-assembled volume for researchers and thoughtful policy makers as they critique and consider how TFAll is situated within public education across the world. Each thought-provoking chapter, while independent of one another, connects and builds across the text to provide the reader with a nuanced and informed view of the organization and its theoretical underpinnings."

    Nick Gesualdi, Teachers College Record, March 01, 2021 https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 23619

    "Matthew A.M. Thomas, Emilee Rauschenberger and Katherine Crawford-Garrett offer a volume that is rich with methodically eclectic, empirically grounded interrogations into how Teach for All (TfAl) engages with the educational apparatuses of different nations. The collected explorations of the book probes the heretofore under researched global network actor and advances the important work of filling gaps in knowledge and scholarship."

    P. S. Myers (2021): Examining Teach for All: International Perspectives on a Growing Network, Journal of Education Policy, DOI: 10.1080/02680939.2021.1917211

    "Examining Teach for All is a timely response to the rapid growth of Teach for All across fifty-five regions covering six continents. The editors and authors offer a significant contribution to the field."

    Tanushree Sarkar & Vivek Vellanki (2021): Examining Teach For All: International Perspectives on a Growing Global Network, Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, DOI: 10.1080/03057925.2021.1987078

    "… hugely valuable due to its wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches expertly demonstrating empirical research in action…" […] "… a much needed and engaging volume of work that brings together empirical research…"

    Bernadette McCurrie, cited in McCurrie, B. (2022). Examining Teach for All: International Perspectives on a Growing Global Network. Asia Pacific Journal of Education. DOI: 10.1080/02188791.2022.2062832. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02188791.2022.2062832?src=

    "The book is organised in four main sections with multiple subchapters, which although independently written, connect and blend together beautifully in order to create an overarching span and almost tell a story about TfA and its multiple implications on the educational landscape across the globe."

    Jacqueline Michl, cited in Michl, J. (2022). Examining Teach for All: International Perspectives on a Growing Global Network. Comparative Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/03050068.2022.2102324

    "The contribution of this book lies in the variety of theoretical and methodological approaches that allow us to compare the implications of this global organization for the public education systems"

    Aldo Huerta-Alderete, cited in Huerta-Alderete (2022) ‘Examining teach for all: International perspectives on a growing global network. Comparative Education Review, 66(3), 563-565. https://doi.org/10.1086/720624