eCite Digital Repository

'Getting the pieces together': negotiating the transition from pre-service to in-service teacher


Pietsch, M and Williamson, J, 'Getting the pieces together': negotiating the transition from pre-service to in-service teacher, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 38, (4) pp. 331-344. ISSN 1359-866X (2010) [Refereed Article]

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2010 Australian Teacher Education Association

DOI: doi:10.1080/1359866X.2010.515942


For beginning teachers to make the transition to full professional membership they need to increase their professional knowledge of the art and science of teaching. This paper explores the difference in knowledge growth between beginning teachers who commence teaching in fragmented teaching situations in the first two years of teaching, and their colleagues who have stable, secure and continuing employment during this time. This paper argues that the employment context in which beginning teachers take up their profession has a significant, but hitherto largely unacknowledged, effect on the capacity of teachers to develop the craft of teaching (Elbaz, 1983); on their continuing commitment to the profession; and on their self-confidence and self-image as teachers It is concluded that long-term, secure employment in one school, with full responsibility for a class of students and access to effective mentoring, is necessary if beginning teachers are to move beyond 'survival' to developing competency in the first two years of teaching. © 2010 Australian Teacher Education Association.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:pre-service, transition, in-service, beginning teaching, concept maps, knowledge base of teaching, professional identity, professional knowledge, professional socialisation, teacher employment, teacher reflection
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:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Williamson, J (Professor John Williamson)
ID Code:66974
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:26
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2011-02-22
Last Modified:2015-03-05

Repository Staff Only: item control page