04 SES 16 A, Professionalism & (Forced) Migration – Internationally Trained Teachers Re-Accessing the Job Market
This contribution presents findings from a group discussion with three alumni of a requal-ification course for teachers with refugee background at the Postgraduate Center at the University of Vienna (Proyer et al. 2019). The course is geared towards introducing teach-ers who had to leave their jobs as teachers due to war or prosecution to the Austrian ed-ucation context and qualify them in the context of pedagogy. The main topic of the group discussion was summoned around the question of what makes a good (Austrian) teacher and whether it is possible at all to get there if one has neither been born in Aus-tria, attended school nor been trained to become a teacher at an Austrian University. Questions for the group discussion arose from numerous conversations throughout the course. Considering that all the participants or alumni of the course had been working as teachers before but were not accepted to enter the education sector in Austria (despite a lack in professionals) due to lacking requirements assessed by official bodies caused them to question their professional self over and over again. Additionally, the issue of acknowledgement of earlier qualifications and the low value assigned to earlier experi-ences were among the topics discussed (Resch et al. 2019). The contribution aims to ques-tion the nexus of being a teacher and having a specific nationality or having acquired one’s qualifications in a specific national context respectively. Findings result from topic analyses that is being validated among regular meetings with a group of co-researchers made up of alumni and current participants of the requalification measure.
Proyer, M. (2019): IO1 - Transnational Framework Comparative Analysis of the Adminis-trative Frameworks on the (Re-)Qualification Situation of Internationally Trained Teachers in Austria, Germany and Sweden. Resch, K. et al. (2019): Ambivalenzen der Anerkennung beruflicher Qualifikationen von international ausgebildeten Lehrkräften mit Fluchterfahrung in Österreich unter Berück-sichtigung europaweiter Entwicklungen', SWS-Rundschau, Nr. 3-2019, S. 255-274.
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