Fair Trade for Teachers

Transferability of Teacher Qualifications in the Commonwealth

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Publication date: 1 February 2010
Size: 297mm x 210mm
ISBN: 978-1-84929-014-2
Pages: 60

International teacher migration poses a wide range of challenges to the recognition and transferability of teacher qualifications across borders. Of primary concern is ensuring that highly trained teachers are able to move freely between countries without their professional qualifications and skills being discounted.

This study aims to enhance recognition of teacher qualifications across borders and between the member countries of the Commonwealth. The comparability table developed for the study enables clear analysis of primary and secondary teacher qualifications offered in 35 Commonwealth countries, in an accessible and easy-to-read format. Country-by-country comparability tables are included as an annex to the study, and are also available separately (Commonwealth Teacher Qualifications Comparability Table; February 2010; 80pp; ISBN 978-1-84929-015-9).

The study was prepared for the Commonwealth Secretariat by the South African Qualifications Authority.

Please note that Fair Trade for Teachers includes a copy of the Commonwealth Teacher Qualifications Comparability Table as an insert in the back pocket of the main book.

ContentsExpand or collapse me

Section 1. Introduction and Background
Aim of the Research
Pilot Study
Qualifications Frameworks and Comparability
Teacher Professional and Employment Requirements
Structure of the Report

Section 2. Re-thinking Comparability
The Theory of Action
The Language of Comparison
Limitations of Comparison and Comparability
A Modest Attempt at Comparing Qualifications
Concluding Comments

Section 3. Teacher Qualifications in the Commonwealth
Participating Member States
Overview of Contextual Data
Education expenditure
Number of teachers
Number of un- and under-qualified teachers
Number of foreign teachers
Overview of Qualifications
Levels of minimum initial teacher qualifications
Qualification pathways
Number of qualifications
Duration to qualified status
Practical component of qualification pathways
Qualification types
Overview of Professional Requirements
Contextual data
Professional requirements

Section 4. Concluding Comments
The Research Design
Re-thinking Comparability
The Research Findings
Suggestions for Further Research

Meeting of the Steering Committee on Teacher Qualifications and Professional Registration, 8 April 2009
Peer Review Comments from a Participating Country: Nigeria
Supplementary Information
About the contributors Expand or collapse me

James Keevy (Author)

Dr. James Keevy is the Director of International Liaison at the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) where he is responsible for the organisation's work on international research and comparability.

Jonathan Jansen (Author)

Professor Jonathan Jansen is Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State, South Africa, a position to which he was appointed in 2009 following his tenure as Dean of Education at the University of Pretoria.