Section archive - Beginning Teachers
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This article explores the potential value of mobile technologies in supporting work-based learning. The authors describe a small exploratory study that they conducted in health care education in which medical students work in hospital practice. The results reveal that co-assistants in both the survey and the pilot are most positive about the potential role of the PDA in searching for clinical information, such as reference books, guidelines or protocols, and rules of thumb. However, most co-assistants do not see the PDA as a valuable tool for communicating with others.
Updated: Oct. 24, 2012
The current article highlights the components of comprehensive induction designed to help beginning teachers develop the skills for a more meaningful learning experience. The author observed at the New Teacher Project (NTP) in California as a case in point. The author concludes that accomplished, well-trained mentors also serve as teacher educators who can help shape a climate of transformational learning during induction.
Updated: Oct. 09, 2012
Confidence or Confusion: How Well Are Today’s Newly Qualified Teachers in England Prepared to Meet the Additional Needs of Children in Schools?
The current paper investigates the perceived confidence levels of student teachers in their final year, prior to entering the profession in regard to meeting the needs of children with a range of complex needs. The research forms part of a three-year project supported by ESCalate.
Updated: Aug. 30, 2012
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.
Updated: Aug. 29, 2012
In this article, the authors examine how experiences during teacher education affect student teachers’ decision on job entrance. The authors examined case studies of 12 student teachers: six student teachers who indicated a major increase in intention to enter teaching and six who indicated a major decrease. The data revealed that guidance, support, follow-up, and feedback on field experiences are crucial determinants of student teachers who indicated a major shift in their intention for job entrance.
Updated: Aug. 27, 2012
This study draws data from a public university teacher education program that specifically sought to prepare White, middle-income, novice teachers to work in a large, urban school district. Specifically, the authors sought to find out what characteristics and environmental supports were important to these teachers in their first years of teaching. The results of this study identified seven criteria that emerged from interviews of 12 new urban teachers in exploring what makes them feel successful in their jobs. Themes included access to significant adult relationships, ability to mentor others, ability to problem-solve, hope, high expectations for self and students, sociocultural awareness, and the teachers’ need to access professional development opportunities.
Updated: Jul. 10, 2012
In this article, the authors explore newly qualified New Zealand secondary teachers’ varied accounts of induction. The authors claim that multiple interpretations of objectives for induction programs are a significant source of this variation. With reference to an activity system framework, the authors identify four primary objects of induction that were represented in the induction accounts as follows: ‘orientation to learning about the context’, ‘fitting into the school’, ‘completing registration requirements’, and ‘becoming a professional inquirer’.
Updated: Jun. 25, 2012
The purpose of this article is to add to and challenge the conversations about what learning to teach mathematics requires and how its complexity makes content-specific induction and rich opportunities to learn not only desirable but also essential. The authors report on the cases of two well-started novice mathematics teachers. The two new teachers made considerable progress in their teaching. However, there was still much about the complexity of teaching, specifically teaching math, that the new teachers had to learn.
Updated: May. 28, 2012
Attitudes and Affect: Daily Emotions and Their Association with the Commitment and Burnout of Beginning Teachers
The authors tested a framework developed in the organizational behavior literature known as affective events theory (AET). Specifically, the authors drew on research from education and organizational behavior to test whether mean levels of positive affect, negative affect, skill, and fatigue are associated with intentions to remain in teaching, commitment to one’s school, and levels of burnout. The results suggest that by taking account of teachers’ emotional reactions to their work, researchers, policymakers, and district administrators will be better positioned to support special and general educators during their early years of teaching.
Updated: May. 23, 2012
The Impact of Induction and Mentoring Programs for Beginning Teachers: A Critical Review of the Research
The current review critically examines 15 empirical studies, conducted since the mid-1980s, on the effects of support, guidance, and orientation programs—known as induction—for beginning teachers. Most of the studies reviewed provide empirical support for the claim that support and assistance for beginning teachers have a positive impact on three sets of outcomes: teacher commitment and retention, teacher classroom instructional practices, and student achievement.
Updated: Apr. 24, 2012