Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Education




Dr. Katina Pollock


This study explores how the classroom setting left by Full Time Employed

Teachers influences Occasional Teachers’ teaching day. In particular, it considers how different materials and interactional conventions either positively or negatively affect the working day of Occasional Teachers.

The study employed a qualitative research methodology, with six Occasional teachers interviewed and three Full Time Employed Teachers interviewed. Findings . indicated that an organized classroom and repeated teaching at one school would influence the Occasional Teachers day positively. Also found to have a large impact upon Occasional Teachers’ days was the amount of professional autonomy they were able to exert in their teaching. It was demonstrated that the more professional autonomy Occasional Teachers were able to exercise in their work, the more engaged they were with their day giving them greater job satisfaction, thus influencing their day positively



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