Transitioning to practice across the professions : some lessons from the teaching profession

Crosswell, Leanne & Beutel, Denise A. (2011) Transitioning to practice across the professions : some lessons from the teaching profession. In Millwater, Jan, Ehrich, Lisa C., & Beutel, Denise A. (Eds.) Practical Experiences in Professional Education (PEPE) Journal. Post Pressed, Brisbane, Qld, pp. 171-187.


Across the professions, there is strong interest in the transition between graduation and early stages of professional practice. Our initial literature search revealed that this period of transition is significant to professions that include nursing, vets, midwives, financial planners, lawyers, occupational therapists, doctors as well as our particular area of interest - teachers. This importance is easy to understand for in these applied fields new graduates need to be competent in applying and synthesizing their theoretical content knowledge on a daily basis, often with limited supervision and mentoring (Goetz, Tombs & Hampton, 2005). As such, this transition period is of critical importance to the individual and their feelings of competence and early profession learning. An added layer for graduates in these professions during this transition/probation period is that they are also expected to have well-developed 'soft skills' such as communication, problem solving, and teamwork (Oblinger & Verville, 1998; Rao & Sylvester, 2000) in order to be effective in their roles.

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ID Code: 41922
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: transition to profession, critical reflection, professional standards, teacher education
ISBN: 9781921214851
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 07 Jun 2011 22:56
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:42

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