Turnover and professional identity





Portugal, turnover, professional identity, professionalism, professional development, collaborative work


Portuguese teachers of elementary and secondary education are often subject to a mobility process imposed by a centralized placement model by the Ministry of Education. This study aims at understanding the impact of mobility upon the formation and construction of the teacher's professional identity. To achieve this purpose, we chose a qualitative approach within a phenomenological perspective, underpinned by the implementation of semi-structured interviews in a group of teachers with a long record of mobility. Drawing on the content analysis of the interviews, we concluded that teachers with a frequent mobility record experience feelings and emotions which, associated with the underlying precariousness and unpredictability, trigger malaise with professional outcomes. Mobility exerts some impact on teachers' personal and professional motivation, on their professional performance, on their relationship with the community, on their commitment with educational projects and their professional development. Teachers show some frustration and disappointment in relation to the profession due to the mobility record as well as to other aspects which affect the school context. Yet, they still show professionalism. The afore mentioned mobility effects are enough to claim for a change in teachers’ placement policies towards higher stability.


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Author Biographies

Mário Carlos Rodrigues, Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI)

Doutor em Educação pela Universidade da Beira Interior, Mestre em Supervisão Pedagógica pela mesma universidade. Licenciado em Geografia pela Universidade de Coimbra. Professor Efetivo do Ensino Secundário, com experiência em gestão e coordenação educativa. A sua investigação tem-se centrado em questões ligadas às políticas educativas e à avaliação docente na escola pública portuguesa.

Maria Luísa Branco, Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI), CIEP-UE

Doutora em Educação pela Universidade da Beira Interior. Professora Associada com Agregação do Departamento de Psicologia e Educação da Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI) e membro integrado do Centro de Investigação em Psicologia e Educação da Universidade de Évora (CIEP-UE). É ainda diretora do 3º ciclo (doutoramento) em Educação da UBI. Os seus interesses de investigação centram-se na educação e cidadania, organização da educação e equidade, formação de professores e desenvolvimento profissional docente.



How to Cite

Rodrigues, M. C., & Branco, M. L. (2021). Turnover and professional identity . Education Policy Analysis Archives, 29(August - December), 139. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.29.6287