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Learning on the boundary: the experience of casual relief teachers in New South Wales primary schools

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Casual relief teachers (CRTs) replace the classroom teacher when they are absent and perform their duties as professionals in an often unfamiliar school environment. This research investigated the experiences of five CRTs in New South Wales schools. A sociocultural lens was used to examine how these CRTs operate within a school's community of practice through their legitimate peripheral participation. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews to explore the advantageous nature of casual teaching, including the strengths they developed as a CRT. Their responses were analysed through thematic content analysis to discern the emergence of major themes. The results of this study highlighted the participants' ability in adapting to the transient nature of their role and using their position on the periphery to learn about schools' rituals, rules and routines. This study builds a foundation for further research about the impact of CRTs in classrooms and the significance of their role in school communities.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. Literature review -- Chapter 3. Research design and method -- Chapter 4. Results - profiles of participants -- Chapter 5. Discussion.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 63-80

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Educational Studies

Department, Centre or School

Department of Educational Studies

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Michael Cavanagh


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