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Slipping through the cracks: one early career teacherís experiences of rural teaching and the subsequent impact on her personal and professional identities


Morrison, CM, Slipping through the cracks: one early career teacher's experiences of rural teaching and the subsequent impact on her personal and professional identities, Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38, (6) Article 8. ISSN 1835-517X (2013) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.14221/ajte.2013v38n6.10


This paper presents experiences and responses of a first-year teacher, Emily, who participated in research exploring the identity formation of early career teachers. 14 teachers were recruited from South Australian schools and Emily was one of four participants working in a rural school in her first year of teaching. What emerged from her experiences and responses were issues of acute personal and professional isolation, absence of professional and personal dialogue and support, including limited acknowledgement of the implications of deteriorating personal and professional wellbeing. In the midst of these disparaging experiences, and in light of the subsequent personal and professional distress, focus shifts to where responsibility lies for recruiting early career teachers into unfamiliar social and professional contexts without adequate relational supports. This raises questions about how understandings of these challenges can be translated from research into practice in rural schools with high staff turnover and limited resources.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Early career teachers; Rural and remote teaching; workforce transition; teacher professional identity; wellbeing
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Workforce transition and employment
UTAS Author:Morrison, CM (Dr Chad Morrison)
ID Code:111600
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2016-09-26
Last Modified:2016-10-11
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