Becoming a teacher: early career teachers, agency and critical reflection

Noble, Karen and Henderson, Robyn (2012) Becoming a teacher: early career teachers, agency and critical reflection. In: Joint International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (AARE 2012): Regional and Global Cooperation in Educational Research, 2-6 Dec 2012, Sydney, Australia.

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A program that operates in the spaces between courses was established in a regional university, to respond to concerns that 40 per cent of teachers either leave or intend to leave the teaching profession within five years of joining. This initiative aims to provide opportunities for pre-service teachers to network with teachers from the beginning of their Education study. Through the creation of an Education Commons, the program brings together pre-service teachers, educators from across educational sectors, and academics. It uses a model of critical reflection (Macfarlane, Noble, Kilderry, & Nolan, 2005) to frame discussions about 'hot' education topics.
Although positive responses from pre-service teachers over the four years that the program has been operating suggest that participants regard the program as successful, we have now started to investigate the longer-term effects on early career teachers who participated in the program whilst they were university students. The research reported in this study draws on multiple case studies conducted with early career teachers who are working in regional, rural and remote areas of Queensland. Using data collected during semi-structured interviews, we analyse the teachers' descriptions of incidents that they regard as significant in their experience of teaching. This analysis informs a discussion about teacher agency and critical reflection.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: AARE does not ask for copyright of refereed papers – copyright remains vested with the author.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2013 02:35
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 03:53
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130305 Educational Counselling
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23580

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