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In this article, the author was interested to learn more about how 1st-year mathematics teachers use questioning strategies as a method for improving student engagement in whole-class discussions. The author observed two new mathematics teacher whom he mentored in the university. The data reveal that during each of their midterm observations, the two teachers were presenting lessons that exceeded 50% of the total class period . Therefore, they spent less time on engaging students in mathematics discussions. After each midterm conversation, both teachers increase the amount of time that students were discussing mathematics.
Updated: Jan. 24, 2012
Career Pathways: Does Remaining Close to the Classroom Matter for Early Career Teachers? A Study of Practice in New Zealand and the USA
This paper presents a case study of an early career teacher in order to illustrate and provide a platform from which to consider two teacher leadership roles – the consulting teacher in Maryland, USA and the specialist classroom teacher in New Zealand. The case study presented in this article show how teachers can be mobilized to accept the leadership of their colleagues when their talk is about learning.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2012
First-Year Teaching Experiences: Are They Different for Traditionally Versus Alternatively Certified Teachers?
The purpose of this study was to obtain information from a group of beginning teachers regarding how teachers who enter the field through alternative certification programs respond to the induction programs, in comparison to those who enter through more traditional programs. The results indicate that there are more similarities than differences in the experiences reported by 1st-year alternative-and traditional-entry teachers. These results indicate that teacher education certification programs and beginning teacher support programs need to take into consideration the unique needs of alternative-entry teachers because of their previous experiences and expectations.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2012
The goal of this study was to examine the lived experiences of teachers newly appointed to rural or remote schools in Western Australia to understand their experiences and responses. Rural/remote teachers reported a high incidence of stress and coping strategies. Teachers demonstrate a diversity of direct-action, palliative and avoidant coping strategies focused on management of emotions, health and wellbeing.
Updated: Nov. 10, 2011
Ambitious Pedagogy by Novice Teachers: Who Benefits From Tool-Supported Collaborative Inquiry into Practice and Why?
In this article, the authors tested the hypothesis that first-year teachers could take up forms of ambitious pedagogy under the following conditions: 1) that reform-based practices introduced in teacher preparation would be the focus of collaborative inquiry throughout the first year of teaching, 2) that participants use analyses of their students’ work as the basis of critique and change in practice, and 3) that special tools be employed that help participants hypothesize about relationships between instruction and student performance. Eleven secondary science teachers engaged in tool-supported collegial analysis of their students’ work over two years, spanning pre-service and in-service contexts.
Updated: Oct. 27, 2011
How Beginning Special and General Education Elementary Teachers Negotiate Role Expectations and Access Professional Resources
The purposes of this study were twofold: (1) to explicate differences in the curricular, instructional, and role expectations experienced by beginning special and general education elementary teachers, and (2) to document variations in how novices from both groups addressed expectations they encountered. The study found considerable differences in the curricular expectations placed on novice special education and general education teachers, the students they were assigned, and the classrooms and physical settings in which they were expected to work.
Updated: Oct. 27, 2011
Learning from Young Adolescents: The Use of Structured Teacher Education Coursework to Help Beginning Teachers Investigate Middle School Students' Intellectual Capabilities
In this article, the authors discuss findings from a case study in which beginning secondary social studies teachers interviewed young adolescents with the goal of unearthing and possibly challenging the teachers' beliefs about middle school students’ capabilities in social studies. The results of this study suggest that the coursework showed potential for shifting teachers’ views of young adolescents’ intellectual capabilities and, in some cases, shaping new commitments to teaching middle school students.
Updated: Sep. 20, 2011
Professional Learning Places and Spaces: The Staffroom as a Site of Beginning Teacher Induction and Transition
This article argues that the staffroom is an important professional learning space where beginning teachers interact to understand who they are and the nature of their professional work. The authors highlight the theoretical importance of space and place in the construction and negotiation of beginning teacher subjectivities. The authors conclude by calling for greater research attention to the significance of the staffroom and its interaction with teacher subjectivities.
Updated: Sep. 14, 2011
‘I’m Being Measured as an NQT, That Isn’t Who I Am’: An Exploration of the Experiences of Career Changer Primary Teachers in their First Year of Teaching
This article explores the experiences of three primary school Newly Qualified Teacher career changers from a PGCE primary programme at a university in England. The experiences of the participants’ first year of teaching in their respective primary schools are explored through a constructive grounded theory methodology. The findings have implications for teacher trainers and NQT mentors in that it offers a perspective on the range of experiences career changer Newly Qualified Teachers bring with them to teaching.
Updated: Jul. 26, 2011
This article presents dispositions supporting the teaching of science as structured inquiry by four elementary candidates. Supportive dispositions included curiosity and questioning, investigating first-hand, learning together, and active learning. These dispositions supported early science teaching despite candidates limited science content knowledge, and may contribute to candidates’ further learning of science.
Updated: May. 13, 2011