A bridge over troubling waters : a snapshot of teacher graduates' perceptions of their ongoing professional learning needs

Crosswell, Leanne & Beutel, Denise (2013) A bridge over troubling waters : a snapshot of teacher graduates' perceptions of their ongoing professional learning needs. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 41(2), pp. 144-158.

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For graduating teachers, the bridging period between formal teacher preparation and joining the profession is a time of high anxiety and great excitement. While this transition influences efficacy, job satisfaction, career length and future teaching quality, it is widely recognized to be inconsistent, poorly planned and resourced and largely unsupported (DEST, 2002; Herrington & Herrington, 2004). In Australia, the transition to teaching remains largely a school-based affair. However, individual schools may not have the resources to support a comprehensive and cohesive transition program. This paper discusses a pilot university program of extended teacher preparation. It reports on the perceived professional learning needs of a group of graduates as they transition to teaching. The key findings indicate that these graduates are seeking ongoing support as they develop confidence in their canonical skills of teaching. We argue that university-based programs are one way of providing professional learning and support for beginning teachers.

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ID Code: 60084
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: transition to profession, reflective practice, professional standards, teacher education, teacher induction, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/1359866X.2013.777022
ISSN: 1469-2945
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 2013 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education © 2013 [copyright Taylor & Francis]; Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education is available online at: www.tandfonline.com
Deposited On: 30 May 2013 22:25
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 11:47

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