Beginning teacher support in Australia: towards an online community to augment current support

Kelly, Nick and Reushle, Shirley and Chakrabarty, Sayan and Kinnane, Anna (2014) Beginning teacher support in Australia: towards an online community to augment current support. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39 (4). pp. 68-82. ISSN 0313-5373

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This paper describes opportunities to improve the current support provided to beginning teachers in Australia. It holds that there is a need for approaches that go beyond school-based induction and support. The paper presents data from a survey of beginning teachers in Queensland, with aims to determine current access to support and perceptions about gaps in support. It uses these findings alongside existing evidence to make arguments that some beginning teachers are effectively unsupported and that universities have the potential to play a greater role in beginning teacher support. Further results are used to suggest guidelines for developing a national online community of pre-service and beginning teachers. A case study of a successful online professional support community is used as a model for how this may be implemented.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2014 02:41
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2016 04:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: mentoring; first year teachers; teaching support; online professional support
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080605 Decision Support and Group Support Systems
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.14221/ajte.2014v39n4.6

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