Section archive - Beginning Teachers
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This case study aimed to examine the construction of teaching practices of a first-year science teacher in an urban school setting to illustrate the non-linear nature of teaching activity. The author contends that by examining the conflux of elements present in the settings where new teachers teach and the ways those elements work together to shape practice, teacher education researchers will help advance the field’s understanding of teacher learning as continually transforming in relation to the teacher’s own experiences, her students, the classroom and school context, and the broader state and federal policies that bear down on her teaching. The author concludes that non-linear conceptual and methodological frameworks turn the attention to the processes through which outcomes are produced.
Updated: Feb. 08, 2016
The authors analyze a particular pedagogy for learning to interact productively with students and subject matter, which they call “rehearsal.” Their goal is to specify a way in which teacher educators (TEs) and novice teachers (NTs) can interact around teaching that is both embedded in practice and amenable to analysis. The results of the quantitative analyses characterize how typical rehearsals were structured and what was worked on. Furthermore, the results show how NTs and TEs worked together to enable novices to study principled practice through qualitative analyses of a particularly salient aspect of ambitious teaching, namely, eliciting and responding to students’ performance.
Updated: Jan. 26, 2016
Using Improvement Science to Better Support Beginning Teachers: The Case of the Building a Teaching Effectiveness Network
This paper analyzes how Effectiveness Network (BTEN) schools supported new teacher development using a standard feedback process and improvement science methods. The findings reveal that BTEN participants almost universally reported the use of the feedback process as strengthening relationships between administrators and teachers by opening up communication and making new teachers more visible and vocal in the schools. In addition, administrators also described the consistency and inclusiveness of BTEN as important to improving relationships and developing teachers’ expertise.
Updated: Jan. 10, 2016
Exploring the Written Dialogues of Two First-Year Secondary Science Teachers in an Online Mentoring Program
The purpose of this study was to investigate the changes and learning processes beginning science teachers made in their online mentoring experiences, specifically when written dialogues were used as the primary modes of communication between mentors and mentees. The results reveal that the two pairs of mentee–mentors showed different participation patterns that affected the intensity of the creation of new realities, and affected whether the mentees tried/vetted new teaching practices suggested by their mentors. However, the two beginning science teachers shared teaching practices they had learned during their teacher education programs, and discussed how these practices were different from those currently in use by more experienced teachers at their schools.
Updated: Dec. 15, 2015
The Impact of Preservice Preparation and Early Career Support on Novice Teachers’ Career Intentions and Decisions
In this study, the authors examined the direct effects of preservice preparation quality and early career support as well as potential moderating effects of early career support on the career intentions and decisions of novice teachers. The findings confirm and extend prior research related to the effects of early career support alone and in conjunction with varying levels of satisfaction with preservice preparation. The authors show a direct association between new teachers’ perceptions of preservice preparation quality and their intentions to remain in their current school and in the profession. In conclusion, this study provides a first and important step in filling a gap in the teacher attrition literature by examining whether mentoring and induction support differentially influences beginning teachers’ career intentions and decisions depending on their level of preservice preparation.
Updated: Nov. 18, 2015
This study aims to examine the development of an unintended mentoring relationship between researchers and participants during a longitudinal, qualitative study. It highlights the opportunity for teacher preparation to serve as a bridge to close the gap in learning between the relatively theoretical world of teacher preparation and practical world of classroom teaching. Two larger themes emerged from the findings: (1) the importance of trust in supporting beginning teachers; and (2) the researcher as a bridge between learning and teaching.
Updated: Sep. 10, 2015
Extended Business Work Placements for Teachers: Between Lived Experience and Barriers to Professionalisation
This paper focuses on professional work placements for teachers of business and management. Two perspectives are articulated. On the one hand, a didactic perspective will examine the reconstruction of ‘business’ as an object to be taught by the teachers. On the other hand, the professionalisation dynamics point of view will examine the shifts in teachers’ perceptions.
Updated: Sep. 02, 2015
Novice Mathematics Teachers’ Use of Technology to Enhance Student Engagement, Questioning, Generalization, and Conceptual Understanding
This study aimed to describe how and why novice mathematics teachers incorporated technology-generated representations in their instruction. The findings indicated that the teachers used representations in their planning and instruction to help promote student engagement to facilitate their learning of mathematics.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2015
This study examined, through the lens of narrative inquiry, the lived experience of a beginning teacher during her first two years in a neoliberal school system. This narrative inquiry has revealed how an idealistic beginning teacher, enamoured with a constructivist pedagogy and eager to teach and inspire, was engulfed by a neoliberal school culture and taught in a way antithetical to what she had believed. The authors conclude that this story illustrates how neoliberal thinking and practice have impacted the lived experiences of an ordinary beginning teacher and helps to illuminate potential causes of tension and conflict that novice teachers in Singapore are likely to encounter in their induction into the profession and their adoption of alternative pedagogies to teach against the grain of educational neoliberalism that has taken a stranglehold on Singapore’s school system.
Updated: Aug. 02, 2015
“Once Hired, Seldom Gone”: The Deliberation Process of Beginning Teachers in Taiwan in Deciding to Stay in Teaching
This study aims to investigate the perceptions held by new teachers in Taiwan concerning the factors conducive to or impeding their decisions to stay in teaching and the process of deliberation on intrinsic and extrinsic factors influencing their retentions. The authors have found that the decisions to stay of the participants were influenced by both intrinsic factors (and favorable extrinsic factors. Moreover, their perceptions of highly competitive entry into teaching tended to prevent them from easily giving up on teaching.
Updated: Jul. 27, 2015