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Beginning Teachers
Caring About Caring: Newly Qualified Teachers’ Experiences of their Relationships within the School Community
The aim of this study is to explore newly qualified teachers’ (NQTs) experiences of their relationships within the school community during their first years at work. The findings from this study reveal three main characteristics of relationships: ‘caring about’, ‘reciprocity’ and ‘caring for’. Furthermore, these distinctive relationships include tensions of paradoxes of both positive as well as negative experiences amongst NQTs.
Publication Year: 2013    |    Updated in ITEC: July 26, 2017
Beginning Teacher Attrition: A Question of Identity Making and Identity Shifting
The author wondered why so many beginning teachers leave the profession. The author proposes to frame the problem as one of teacher identity making and identity shifting in order to understand the experiences of beginning teacher attrition. In what follows the author uses the stories of his experiences as a beginning teacher as a way to narratively read the ways beginning teacher attrition has been conceptualized. Through his experiences as a teacher, and his autobiographical narrative inquiry work, the author has begun to frame beginning teacher attrition as a problem that compels inquiry into teacher identity making and identity shifting as a way to narratively understand the experiences of beginning teachers.
Publication Year: 2013    |    Updated in ITEC: July 26, 2017
Student and Novice Teachers’ Stories about Collaborative Learning Implementation
This study intends to explore student and novice teachers’ experiences with the implementation of collaborative learning (CL) in classroom practice, after a formal training pertaining to CL as part of their teacher education programme. The findings revealed several dilemmas in the stories of student and novice teachers that illustrate the conflicting options teachers are facing in relation to their colleagues, their pupils, the curriculum and in the classroom context when implementing CL. In particular, the following dilemmas were identified: two dilemmas related to professional autonomy (student teachers: teacher autonomy vs. pre-service performance assessment and novice teachers: teacher autonomy vs. institutional conformity).
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in ITEC: July 9, 2017
How Prepared Do Newly-Qualified Teachers Feel? Differences between Routes and Settings?
This article addresses the issue: whether there are key differences in the type and quality of preparation that newly-qualified teachers (NQTs) receive. The findings reveal that, in general, there is a high level of reported overall satisfaction with induction of teacher education (ITE), and that this is true across all routes. There was less satisfaction with specific features such as preparation for handling special needs, behaviour and reading. The average levels of satisfaction for NQTs are largely un-stratified by sex, disability, age and ethnicity. Adding all available variables, including those aggregated and examined as interactions with others, can explain only around 20% of the unexplained variation even in the strongest models.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in ITEC: July 9, 2017
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