Beginning teachers' perceptions of their work, well-being, and intention to leave

Goddard, Richard and O'Brien, Patrick (2003) Beginning teachers' perceptions of their work, well-being, and intention to leave. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education and Development, 6 (2). pp. 99-118. ISSN 1469-2945

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Both qualitative and quantitative data were collected from 123 graduate teachers six weeks after they first commenced full-time teaching in 2002 in the Australian state of Queensland and again six months later. Standard surveys indicated graduate teachers were experiencing relatively high levels of work pressure and emotional exhaustion, and increasing frequencies of emotional exhaustion and depersonalizing behaviour through the year. Almost a third of respondents indicated a serious intention to leave their current employment after the first 8 months teaching and this intention to leave was significantly correlated with burnout. Qualitative analyses of teacher feedback about issues of major concern to beginning teachers supported the results of the quantitative investigation and depicted increasing concern with a lack of support in an emotionally demanding work environment. Mentoring programs, where implemented, did not ameliorate concern about the absence of support or influence burnout symptoms. Findings were consistent with calls to implement effective programs to support teachers during their first year of employment.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2008 12:37
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2013 00:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: beginning teachers; support; burnout; turnover intention
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development

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