The teaching occupation in Learning Societies: A global ethnography of occupational boundary work

This project investigates the teaching profession in learning societies. It questions the established assumption that teaching is about education in schools. It argues that lifelong learning reforms reorder teaching across diverse learning spaces. These spaces are located in and between education institutions and workplaces. They involve more work across borders and contribute to human service work required in global economies, with impacts on teacher capacities, identities, supply and recruitment. The project develops theory and evidence about teaching and emerging occupational boundary work, identifies practical implications for the teaching workforce, and establishes a research platform to investigate globally distributed human service work.


Erziehungswissenschaft, Erwachsenenbildung, Weiterbildung


Prof. Dr. Beatrix Niemeyer-Jensen

+49 461 805 2268
+49 461 805 2026
Gebäude Helsinki - HEL 116


01.01.2009 - 31.12.2012


Prof. Terri Seddon

Dr. Cynthia Joseph

Dr. Anita Devos

Dr. Lea L. Henriksson

Partnerinnen und Partner

  • Monash University, Melbourne, Australien

Institution der EUF

Abteilung Erziehungswissenschaft


Australien Research Council (ARC)