1st Edition

The Status of the Teaching Profession Interactions Between Historical and New Forms of Segmentation

Edited By Xavier Dumay, Katharine Burn Copyright 2023
    188 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    188 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Focusing on the historical development of the teaching profession, this book explores how the relationship between education and the formation of modern nation states has influenced both the status of the profession as a whole and the differential status accorded to different kinds of teachers within it.

    Addressing different national and international contexts with seven distinct case studies, the book provides a comparative analysis of the long-term trajectories that illuminate the nature of teaching as a public profession, and demonstrates the variety of forms that labour markets have taken in different contexts.

    Offering new and up-to-date international analysis at a critical time for the field of teacher research, when recruitment into the profession and retention are major challenges, the volume will be of interest to scholars, researchers and doctoral students engaged in teacher research and comparative and international education more broadly. Those involved with education policy and politics will also benefit from reading this volume.


    John Furlong

    Introduction: The status of the teaching profession

    Xavier Dumay and Katharine Burn


    Chapter 1: Patterns of segmentation within the teaching profession and teacher education in England, 1870-2020

    Katharine Burn and Ian Menter

    Chapter 2: The segmentation of teacher professionalisation: The American experience

    John L. Rury and Jennifer Hurst

    Chapter 3: Old and new segmentations: The case of the teaching profession in French-speaking Belgium

    Branka Cattonar, Xavier Dumay and Vincent Dupriez

    Chapter 4: The teaching profession in France since the late nineteenth century: Greater integration or reinforced segmentation?

    Hélène Buisson-Fenet, Géraldine Farges, Stéphane Lembré and Xavier Pons

    Chapter 5: Schooling and the professionalisation of teaching in Sweden: A socio-historical perspective

    Margareta Nilsson Lindström and Dennis Beach

    Chapter 6: Segmentations of the teaching profession in South Korea: Historical trends and contemporaneous reconfigurations

    Nam-Hwa Kang

    Chapter 7: The teaching profession in Brazil: Inherited segmentations and reconfigurations in neoliberal times

    Dalila Andrade Oliveira



    Xavier Dumay is Professor of Education and the Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded project Teachers Careers at UCLouvain, Belgium.

    Katharine Burn is Associate Lecturer in Education at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom.