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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
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
In this article, the authors inquire into two novice teachers’ perspectives on teaching in rural schools in the southeastern United States. Drawing on narrative portraiture, the authors see these teachers' personal and professional identities and relationships existing synergistically with one another.
Updated: Sep. 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
The purpose of this article is to make a contribution to the neglected area of study of mentor training by presenting some examples of innovative practical techniques designed to link theory with practice. The authors' experiences suggest that mentoring presents an opportunity to reevaluate teaching practices in collaboration with a mentee, as well as within a supportive community of fellow mentor teachers, thereby contributing to ongoing learning and development.
Updated: Jul. 17, 2011
The current study investigates the roles of mentors and proteges as they manage dialectical tensions in a professional environment. Sixty-two first-year teachers in a county school district in the southeastern USA participated in the study. Regression analyses revealed that both empathic and directive listening helped the protege relieve these tensions. While playful communication did not directly explain relieving protege's tensions, it did predict social attraction.
Updated: Jun. 26, 2011
A Grounded Theory of New Aboriginal teachers' Perceptions: The Cultural Attributions of Medicine Wheel Teachings
The goal of this research was to examine new Aboriginal teachers' thoughts and experiences during their induction into the profession and to articulate a descriptive theory of these perceptions. This grounded theory study employed a volunteer and purposive sampling that included six new Aboriginal teacher participants. Analysis of the data resulted in a grounded theory of participants' experiences that were rooted in the cultural attributions of Medicine Wheel Teachings.
Updated: Jun. 18, 2011
The present case study investigates the experiences of three novice teachers engaged with more experienced teachers in a teacher study group during their first year of teaching. The study emphasizes the importance of legitimacy and peripherality provided by the more experienced teachers.
Updated: Apr. 26, 2011