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Beginning Teachers
Professional Identity Tensions of Beginning Teachers
This study presents an overview of the tensions regarding professional identity that was experienced by a group of beginning teachers. Interviews with beginning teachers resulted in 59 tensions that could be classified into three themes: (1) The change in role from student to teacher, (2) conflicts between desired and actual support given to students, and (3) conflicting conceptions of learning to teach. Most of the tensions experienced conform with those found in the literature. In most cases, feelings of helplessness, frustration, or anger were dominant in accompanying the tensions, and the teachers had a strong desire to learn to cope with them.
Publication Year: 2013    |    Updated in ITEC: June 8, 2017
Early Years Teachers’ Epistemic Beliefs and Beliefs about Children’s Moral Learning
This study investigated the relationships between Australian early years teachers’ epistemic beliefs and their beliefs about children’s moral learning. Results indicated that early years teachers held relatively sophisticated epistemic beliefs. The participants held epistemic beliefs reflecting views that knowledge is not certain; that knowledge is more than simple facts and that learning can take time; that truths are not absolute and that what is true today is not necessarily true tomorrow. With respect to beliefs about moral learning, teachers were less likely to agree that teachers had a role in children’s moral learning or that schools were the context where moral learning should take place.
Publication Year: 2012    |    Updated in ITEC: June 6, 2017
Struggles and Strategies in Teaching: Voices of Five Novice Secondary Teachers
In this study, the authors explored the journey of five secondary teachers for two years through their teacher education program and their first year of teaching. The findings revealed: (1) major concerns of the preservice teachers; and (2) teacher educators used strategies to help the preservice teachers face their concerns. During their student teaching experiences, participants were concerned about classroom management, keeping students motivated in learning the content, and parent involvement through knowledge of their children’s academic progress or non-progress as well as of their behavioral issues. The authors also noted that the participants expressed concern for making connections with diverse student populations. As first-year teachers, they fully understood their multiple roles as teachers and perceived teaching as more than content delivery.
Publication Year: 2011    |    Updated in ITEC: May 29, 2017
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
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