Beginning teachers: easing the transition to the classroom

O'Brien, Patrick and Goddard, Richard (2006) Beginning teachers: easing the transition to the classroom. The Australian Educational Leader, 28 (1). 28-31, 48. ISSN 1832-8245


This article draws administrator’s attention to recent research into the support needs of beginning teachers by two researchers from the University of Southern Queensland, Dr Patrick O’Brien and Dr Richard Goddard. Qualitative and quantitative results of their research into beginning teacher burnout are summarized. Qualitative data relating to the perception of support that beginning teachers received in the first two years is detailed. In two independent projects Goddard and O’Brien found that significant numbers of beginning teachers commencing their careers in Queensland felt they were not adequately supported in their transition from university to the classroom. The research found that there are indicators that the support needs of beginning teachers change over time. Their most recent finding is that in the second year of teaching, support needs of beginning teachers fell into eight categories (listed in order of the beginning teacher’s stated needs) mentoring programs, ability and freedom to network, protection for their own health, a thorough and continuing induction process, well defined and enacted supervision, understanding by those already in the school culture, behaviour management skills, and assistance with resources and planning (pedagogy/curriculum).

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Blanket permission for this publisher granted email 7/11/2007. Published in The Australian Council for Educational Leaders Incorporated's 'Australian Educational Leader' Volume 28 Issue 1, 2006.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2008 05:31
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2014 02:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: beginning teachers; burnout; school environment; support needs; innovation
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development

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