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Lanas, M. (2017). Giving up the lottery ticket: Finnish beginning teacher turnover as a question of discursive boundaries. Teaching and Teacher Education, 68, 68–76.

Giving up the lottery ticket : Finnish beginning teacher turnover as a question of discursive boundaries

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Author: Lanas, Maija1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Department of Education, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2017
Publish Date: 2020-09-05


Teachers leaving the profession is an increasing trend also in Finland, which is interesting because many of the explanations found in other international contexts do not apply. The Finnish context, in which teachers are not controlled officially in any way, offers a unique context for investigating implicit control mechanisms and their relationship to teacher turnover. The research shows how intersecting discourses work in ways that may lead to self-exclusion of beginning teachers who cannot find a subject position within school. This happens unofficially and implicitly in a context that explicitly emphasizes teacher freedom, autonomy and societal appreciation. Teacher turnover provides tool for making visible the discursive boundaries that might otherwise stay hidden.

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Series: Teaching and teacher education. An international journal of research and studies
ISSN: 0742-051X
ISSN-E: 1879-2480
ISSN-L: 0742-051X
Volume: 68
Pages: 68 - 76
DOI: 10.1016/j.tate.2017.08.011
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: This research is funded by The Academy of Finland, project number 267166.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 267166
Detailed Information: 267166 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2017. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http:/