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"Teacher Shortages" in the U.S. and the Politics of Recruiting Abroad


by Sue Books & Rian de Villiers — September 26, 2011

This commentary calls attention to the “importation” of overseas-trained teachers to teach in the U.S., to the assumption of a widespread teacher shortage in the U.S. (used as a rationale for this practice), and to the authors’ fears that both local and overseas-trained teachers are being used as pawns in a high-stakes political battle.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 26, 2011
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16549, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 10:15:04 AM

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  • Sue Books
    State University of New York at New Paltz
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    SUE BOOKS is a professor in the Department of Secondary Education at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She taught in an International Studies in Education program as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Iceland in 2009 and was a participant in a Fulbright-Hays summer seminar to Brazil in 2011. She is the author of Poverty and Schooling in the U.S. (2004) and the editor of Invisible Children in the Society and its Schools (1998/2003/2007).
  • Rian de Villiers
    University of Pretoria, South Africa
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    RIAN DE VILLIERS is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria, South Africa. His current research centers on intra- and intercontinental teacher migration studies, and teacher training in biology education. Recent publications include De Villiers, J.J.R. 2011. South African teachers as mobile knowledge workers in a global labour market. The Anthropologist 8: 53-60
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