Section archive - Beginning Teachers
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This article describes a two-year longitudinal study of two “at-risk” US teenagers who successfully transformed their unusually challenging high school experiences into motivation to become classroom teachers. Results suggest (1) memories of personal adversity in school may have a profound impact on an individual’s orientation to teaching, and (2) these memories can be used advantageously by pre-service teachers. Implications for teacher educators are discussed.
Updated: Aug. 24, 2014
This study focuses on understanding the types of instances that beginning teachers need to notice during instruction, how they currently respond to these instances, and how their responses potentially impact student learning. The authors use the concept pivotal teaching moment (PTM) as an opportune mathematical instances during instruction. In conclusion, the authors argue that the initial PTM framework that has resulted from this work has the potential to be used as a tool to help teachers focus on mathematically rich moments that occur during instruction and to inform teacher educators as they develop activities to support both teacher noticing and teacher decision-making.
Updated: May. 21, 2014
This study investigated the factors that credential program's graduates perceived to support or impede their implementation of certain university-taught practices. The participants were 19 graduates of Northridge’s secondary-mathematics-credential program in California State University. The teachers in this study portrayed the credential program as the most significant factor promoting their use of the Practices. The findings of this study suggest that both university and employing school play crucial roles, and changes in both arenas would facilitate the uptake of such practices.
Updated: Apr. 02, 2014
The purpose of the present study is to investigate the growth and development of a novice teacher participating in a Continuing professional development (CPD) project. Based on the findings of the current paper, the CPD project supports the professional development of a novice teacher in three areas. First, it helps develop teaching competencies. Second, it promotes positive socialization in organization and in the profession. Finally, it facilitates the development of one’s professional identity. This study illustrates the important challenges teacher educators face in finding new ways to create learning opportunities in teaching students and novice teachers. Such opportunities would be meaningful for teacher educators in their own professional development and growth.
Updated: Mar. 31, 2014
Learning While Teaching: A Case Study of Beginning Special Educators Completing a Master of Arts in Teaching
The purpose of this study was to understand how the extent to which the program was implemented, the participants’ background and career trajectories, and the teaching context interacted to yield their success. To understand the interactions of these elements, the researcher examined the academic and personal backgrounds of three teachers completing a MAT program in Varying Exceptionalities. The researcher also examined the teachers’ sense of self-efficacy, observed their practice, and gained the perspectives of their mentor teachers.
Updated: Mar. 19, 2014
This article presents a literature review of peer-reviewed articles and dissertations that contribute to the theory and research of group mentoring. In this literature review, the author summarized the distinct perspectives that have been theorized and researched. He also reviewed several typologies including peer mentoring, one-to-many mentoring, and many-to-one mentoring, and many-to-many mentoring that have been identified in the research. Finally, he identified significant gaps that exist in the study of group mentoring.
Updated: Mar. 11, 2014
Mentoring and New Teacher Induction in the United States: A Review and Analysis of Current Practices
This article reviews induction and mentoring programs in the three most populous states, California, New York, and Texas, and one of the smallest, Utah. The author describes the trends in mentoring programs in the United States and discusses the results of these programs. Finally, the article identifies the gaps in the research literature.
Updated: Mar. 10, 2014
This article presents the results of a mixed-methods study investigated recent graduates’ perceptions of their preparation program. The highest levels of preparation and confidence were found in the areas of professionalism, behavior management, and instruction. The lowest levels of preparation and confidence were noted in transition and teaching students whose first language was not English.Participants reported that early clinical experiences and student teaching were the most beneficial components of the program.
Updated: Feb. 19, 2014
This article uses previous research on beginning English teachers’ major concerns to frame the exploration of concerns faced by four beginning teachers. This article seeks to expand on that research by examining the concerns faced by four beginning teachers and considering the implications of those concerns for teacher preparation. The author concludes that in addition to those identified by the previous research, the four beginning teachers in this study dealt with adjusting to the teaching profession, accepting their students, and managing their emotions.
Updated: Feb. 10, 2014
In this article, the authors present the findings of a study conducted in the context of a national ‘contest of novices’ story writing’ in Israel (2004–2005). This study inquired into first-year teachers’ self-images, struggles, and concerns in the Israeli educational context, as discerned from the 10 selected stories. The analysis of the stories uncovered content dimensions of what the authors refer to as ‘shady corners of teaching’. These corners revolve around three interrelated themes: (1) realizing the limitation of teachers’ capacity; (2) coping with the realization that vision is incompatible with reality; and (3) struggling with the multiple voices that operate in the educational system.
Updated: Feb. 10, 2014