College of Education Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Winter 2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education


College of Education, Department of Educational Policy Studies and Research

First Advisor

Karen Monkman, PhD

Second Advisor

Stephen Haymes, PhD


This study examined the experiences of three teachers recruited from African countries to teach in Chicago‘s public schools. The purpose of the study was to highlight the experiences of the teachers through the lens of changing global dynamics that make such international recruitment of teachers more likely than ever before. It was apparent through this research that the movement of the teachers from developing countries to the United States of America had professional, economic and social impact on the teachers, their families and their communities. Although the teachers interviewed were hopeful that the skills they are gaining could one day benefit the communities they left behind, they face serious challenges as they adjust to living in a new environment. There is need for further research on this subject because this new trend of officially recruiting teachers from developing countries to the United States is increasing as shortages of teachers in the U.S. is growing, but the potential impact on education is not yet fully known.

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