Limited-term contracts and tenure: the case of foreign-language teachers in a Japanese university

Mehmet, Sean (2011) Limited-term contracts and tenure: the case of foreign-language teachers in a Japanese university. In: Beyond binaries in education research. Routledge Research in Education. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), New York, USA, pp. 233-241. ISBN 978-0-415-88512-6


This chapter examines the binary relationship between foreign language teachers on limited-term employment contracts in Japan and their tenured Japanese colleagues. The dualism here can be viewed as an insider-outsider one. The chapter focuses on the practice of limiting non-Japanese academic employees to such contracts, in the context of one Japanese university, which has been shown to impact negatively on foreign-language instruction.
The primary question under consideration is: 'What conceptual model could help transcend the insider-outsider binary that seems to inform this employment arrangement?' The chapter advocates a framework based on a hybrid of Limerick, Cunnington, and Crowther's (2002) Fourth Blueprint paradigm, infused with intercultural communications (ICC) theory.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 17. Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2011 06:07
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2017 01:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: foreign language teachers; limited-term contracts; tenure; Japan
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified

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