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“Weekday rural teachers, weekend urban spouses and parents”: A Chinese case of how alternative hiring policy influences teachers’ career decisions
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International Journal of Educational Development Volume 67, Number 1, ISSN 0738-0593 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd

Abstract

This study aims to understand the reportedly high retention rates of teachers recruited through Special Teaching Position (STP) — an alternative teacher hiring policy in China. Drawing on ethnographic data, this study examines how five STP teachers make career decisions in their sociocultural contexts. The findings demonstrate how a new phenomenon emerges, which I refer to as “weekday rural teachers, weekend urban spouses and parents.” Two factors contribute to its emergence: (1) improvement of transportation conditions, and (2) skip-generation parenting, that grandparents or older relatives raise children on behalf of the parents. The findings suggest implications for researching alternative hiring policy.

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Liao, W. (2019). “Weekday rural teachers, weekend urban spouses and parents”: A Chinese case of how alternative hiring policy influences teachers’ career decisions. International Journal of Educational Development, 67(1), 53-63. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved June 24, 2019 from .

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Full text is availabe on Science Direct: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2019.03.002

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