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Substitute teachers' narratives of professional development


  • Satu Uusiautti
  • Jemina Pietilä
  • Kaarina Määttä


Many beginning teachers work as substitute teachers to acquire teaching experience or to earn money. In this study, the connection between working as a substitute teacher and teachers' professional development was analysed. Five young teachers close to graduation were interviewed using a qualitative theme interview method. The research approach was a narrative one. The research results introduce teachers' experiences of being substitute teachers before, during, and after their education. It seems that deputising periods can give the impetus to choose the teaching profession, cause insecurity, or encourage collaboration. To conclude, means of enhancing professional development through work periods in substitute teaching are discussed.

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  • Satu Uusiautti & Jemina Pietilä & Kaarina Määttä, 2014. "Substitute teachers' narratives of professional development," International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 14(4), pages 254-264.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijhrdm:v:14:y:2014:i:4:p:254-264

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