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This article explored the differences between expert and novice teachers' perceptions and interpretations of problematic classroom events. The authors identified a number of differences in the way experts and novices perceived, interpreted and explained the problematic situations with which they were presented. The findings reveal that the novice teachers expressed significantly more visual perceptions. The experts, however, offered significantly more interpretations: they provided inferences about students, inferences about the teacher, and explanatory and/or reasoning statements. The authors conclude that novice teachers perceive students as key contributors to the problems which arise and escalate. However, the experts share their reasoning, explicating how and when problems emerge.
Published: 2017
Updated: Mar. 25, 2018
This study investigated the differences between leavers and stayers in terms of the process of their resilience responses. The author focused on major psychological factors such as value, self-efficacy, beliefs and emotions in order to understand how leavers and stayers are similar or different in negotiating and interpreting external environments. The findings revealed that both leavers and stayers had intrinsic interests in working as a teacher. However, the ways that leavers perceived and interpreted challenges were different from those of stayers. Furthermore, this study showed how teachers’ values, self-efficacy, beliefs and emotions are nurtured or hindered due to the school and classroom environments. These findings have implications for professional teacher development.
Published: 2012
Updated: Feb. 21, 2018
This study examines whether teacher retention and effectiveness among novice teachers in their first and second year of teaching can be predicted by differences in grit. The findings indicate that grittier teachers were more likely to complete the school year and outperformed their less gritty colleagues. Furthermore, the findings demonstrate that consistent with the applicants in sample 1, applicants in sample 2 whose résumés revealed evidence of passion and perseverance for long-term goals became novice teachers whose students made more academic progress under their guidance. The authors argue that these findings contribute to a better understanding of what leads some novice teachers to outperform others and remain committed to the profession.
Published: 2014
Updated: Feb. 18, 2018
This study explores how two first-year teachers viewed policymakers’ reforms affecting their teaching and tenure in the field. These results show how policymakers’ high-stakes reforms impacted the development of these beginning teachers in significant ways. In this case study, the participants ended their first year of teaching questioning their roles in such classrooms. However, their commitment toward their work with their students appeared to keep them in the field as public school teachers. These findings reveal two implications for researchers, teacher educators, and teacher mentors.
Published: 2015
Updated: Feb. 06, 2018