Reproducing successful rituals in bad times : exploring interactions of a new science teacher

Ritchie, Stephen M., Tobin, Kenneth, Hudson, Peter B., Roth, Wolff-Michael, & Mergard, Victoria (2011) Reproducing successful rituals in bad times : exploring interactions of a new science teacher. Science Education, 95(4), pp. 745-765.

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Teaching is emotional work. This is especially the case in the first years of teaching when new teachers are particularly vulnerable. By understanding changes in teacher emotions in the early years of teaching we hope to identify strategies that might ultimately reduce teacher attrition. As part of a larger study of the transition of new teachers to the profession, this ethnographic case study explores how a new science teacher produced and reproduced positive emotional interaction rituals with her students in her first year of teaching. We show how dialogical interactions were positive and satisfying experiences for the teacher, and how they were reproduced successfully in different contexts. We also illustrate how both teacher and students used humor to create a structure for dialogical interactions. During these successful interactions the students used shared resources to satisfy their teacher that they were engaging in the relevant science content. The implications of what we have learned for the professional development of new teachers are discussed in relation to an expanded understanding of teacher emotions.

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ID Code: 41949
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: teacher emotions, beginning teachers, emotional classroom events, interaction rituals
DOI: 10.1002/sce.20440
ISSN: 0036-8326
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 John Wiley & Sons
Deposited On: 09 Jun 2011 22:04
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 16:31

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