A way forward to managing the transition to professional practice for beginning teachers

Crosswell, Leanne, Beutel, Denise A., & Henderson, Deborah J. (2011) A way forward to managing the transition to professional practice for beginning teachers. In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Teaching and Learning 2011 (ICTL), Parkroyal Penang Hotel, Penang.

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The high attrition rate of beginning teachers in Australia and overseas is well-documented. This trend is easily understood as many beginning teachers enter the profession with little support or mentoring (Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST), 2002; Herrington & Herrington, 2004; Ramsey, 2000). Continual calls for more comprehensive approaches to teacher induction in which universities and employing bodies share the responsibilities of the transition to professional practice (House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Vocational Training, 2007) have, to date, largely been ignored. This paper reports on a trial project conducted at a university in south-east Queensland, Australia that addresses these shortfalls. The aim of the project is to facilitate and support the development of high quality teachers and teaching through an extended model of teacher preparation. The model comprises a 1+2 program of formal teacher preparation: a one-year teacher education course (the Graduate Diploma in Education), followed by a comprehensive two year program of workplace induction and ongoing professional learning tailored to meet graduate and employer needs. This paper reports on graduating students’ perceptions of their preparedness to teach as they transition from the Graduate Diploma in Education program to professional practice. The study concludes that innovative programs, including university-linked, ongoing professional learning support for teacher education graduates, may provide the way forward for enhancing the transition to practice for beginning teachers.

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ID Code: 47347
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Teacher education, professional learning, teacher induction, professional development, beginning teachers, teaching, teacher preparation
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: 30 Nov 2011 22:59
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2013 04:17

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