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1   |   From section Beginning Teachers
Relationships and Early Career Teacher Resilience: A Role for School Principals
This article uses two narrative portraits of early career teachers to examine the central role of principals in influencing teachers’ feelings of personal and professional well-being, with both negative and positive effects reported. The portraits of two female early career teachers illustrate the vulnerability of many beginning teachers, whose work conditions are dependent on the goodwill and discretion of colleagues and leaders. In both stories, the principals played a central role in terms of the amount and kind of personal support they gave and their leadership in developing the overall school culture.
Publication Year: 2012    |    Updated in ITEC: May 15, 2017
2   |   From section Beginning Teachers
Teacher Turnover in High-Poverty Schools: What We know and Can Do
This paper presents an alternative explanation for turnover—one grounded in organizational theory and substantiated by an emerging line of research. In doing so, it reframes the debate over what fuels high rates of teacher turnover in high-poverty schools and provides advice for policy makers and practitioners. This paper reviews six studies analyzing turnover as a function of school context rather than as a function of student demographics. The review suggests that teachers who leave high-poverty schools are not fleeing their students. Rather, they are fleeing the poor working conditions that make it difficult for them to teach and for their students to learn. The working conditions that teachers prize most include school leadership, collegial relationships, and elements of school culture.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: March 16, 2017
3   |   From section Beginning Teachers
Subdued By The System: Neoliberalism and The Beginning Teacher
This study examined, through the lens of narrative inquiry, the lived experience of a beginning teacher during her first two years in a neoliberal school system. This narrative inquiry has revealed how an idealistic beginning teacher, enamoured with a constructivist pedagogy and eager to teach and inspire, was engulfed by a neoliberal school culture and taught in a way antithetical to what she had believed. The authors conclude that this story illustrates how neoliberal thinking and practice have impacted the lived experiences of an ordinary beginning teacher and helps to illuminate potential causes of tension and conflict that novice teachers in Singapore are likely to encounter in their induction into the profession and their adoption of alternative pedagogies to teach against the grain of educational neoliberalism that has taken a stranglehold on Singapore’s school system.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in ITEC: August 3, 2015
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Early Career Teacher Attrition: Intentions of Teachers Beginning
This study considered early career teacher attrition as an identity making process that involves a complex negotiation between individual and contextual factors. The seven themes, developed inductively, were: (1) support; (2) an identity thread of belonging; (3) tensions around contracts; (4) new teachers will do anything; (5) balancing composing a life: Working hours; (6) the struggle to not allow teaching to consume them; and (7) can I keep doing this? Is this teaching?
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: July 5, 2015
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Induction of Beginning Teachers in Urban Environments: An Exploration of the Support Structure and Culture for Beginning Teachers at Primary Schools Needed to Improve Retention of Primary School Teachers
The aim of this study was to gain insight into ways to improve the retention of beginning urban teachers. This study investigated the support structure and support culture of 11 urban primary schools. This article focused on characteristics of the support structure and support culture at schools where beginning teachers judged the support they received positively or negatively. The findings revealed that the principals of the schools were willing to invest in the professional development of the teachers. Although there were differences in the support structure of the schools, the main difference between the schools appeared to be their support culture. In conclusion, this study showed that in schools where teachers judged the support practice positively, support was focused on the specific urban challenges that the teachers experienced more than it was in the schools where teachers judged support negatively.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in ITEC: June 30, 2015
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Relationships of New Teachers’ Beliefs and Instructional Practices: Comparisons Across Four Countries
This study investigates the relationship between new teachers' beliefs about instruction and teaching practices. It also discusses some possible reasons for the relationships between teacher beliefs and teacher practices within national and international contexts. To examine the relationships between new teachers’ beliefs and their instructional practices, the authors selected new teachers in four OECD countries including Hungary, Korea, Norway, and Turkey. The findings showed that the instructional practices of new teachers from the four selected countries were neither consistent nor aligned with their beliefs about instruction. One of the reasons for this result may be that new teachers’ self-reported instructional practices might differ significantly from their actual performance.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in ITEC: May 10, 2015
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Micropolitical Staffroom Stories: Beginning Health and Physical Education Teachers’ Experiences of the Staffroom
This paper explores the micropolitical staffroom experiences of two beginning health and physical education teachers. The two narratives draw attention to how the context of the staffroom significantly shaped and reshaped the beginning teachers’ micropolitical learning and practices throughout their first year of teaching. The findings reveal that staffroom occupants shaped situations which beginning teachers encountered. The two beginning teachers became more micropolitically ‘literate’ overtime with a more in depth understanding of the particular context and prevailing micropolitical staffroom stories. The authors recommend that more attention needs to be paid to the staffroom as a micropolitical context in which beginning teachers transition, learn and develop professional and micropolitical identities.
Publication Year: 2013    |    Updated in ITEC: January 20, 2015
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What Keeps Teachers In and What Drives Them Out: How Urban Public, Urban Catholic, and Jewish Day Schools Affect Beginning Teachers’ Careers
Author Eran Tamir
The author explores the important roles that school leaders and school environment play in supporting or inhibiting teachers’ initial commitments to teaching in urban public, Catholic, and Jewish schools.The study demonstrates that teachers from elite colleges who were recruited and prepared for teaching in a specific school sector might develop powerful commitments to their schools, their students, the community, and to teaching, which could result in longer teaching service.
Publication Year: 2013    |    Updated in ITEC: May 28, 2017
9   |   From section Instruction in Teacher Training
Learning to Teach in the National Curriculum Context
This study aimed to examine how national curriculum, school, and classroom contexts in Turkey influenced beginning teachers’ learning to teach when they did not have any support. The findings reveal that teachers’ classroom practice was influenced by national curriculum requirements, lack of collegial support at schools, and students’ mixed knowledge levels in the classrooms due to the complex relationship between the three contexts.
Publication Year: 2010    |    Updated in ITEC: December 11, 2012
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Does the Social Working Environment Predict Beginning Teachers’ Self-Efficacy and Feelings of Depression?
In this article, the authors explore how the social working environment predicts beginning teachers’ self-efficacy and feelings of depression. The results show that the goal structure of the school culture predicts both outcomes.
Publication Year: 2012    |    Updated in ITEC: August 30, 2012
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