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'I'm tentatively teaching': crossing the border from student of teaching to teacher of students


Pietsch, M and Williamson, J, 'I'm tentatively teaching': crossing the border from student of teaching to teacher of students, Australian Teacher Education Association National Conference Proceedings, 28 June - 1 July 2009, Albury, Australia, pp. 1-23. ISBN 9780975232446 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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The majority of newly qualified teachers in New South Wales, Australia, begin their careers as casual teachers in fragmented employment contexts which make it difficult to build on the knowledge base gained at university through continuous, and continuously evaluated, practice in a classroom. This study explored the experiences of early career casual teachers and investigated the effect of fragmented employment contexts on the process of developing professional knowledge and practical competence in the first two years of teaching. The study employed a mixed methods research design utilising a collective case study together with a postal survey-questionnaire to gather both qualitative and quantitative data. Results indicated that the process of learning to teach in contexts typified by multiple schools, multiple classrooms, multiple communities and with multiple students exacerbated the problems encountered by all beginning teachers and provided few mechanisms by which casual teachers were able to resolve them to their own professional satisfaction.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:Williamson, J (Professor John Williamson)
ID Code:61644
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2010-03-04
Last Modified:2015-09-22
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