Transforming perceptions and responses to student difference : the journey of seven beginning teachers

McKay, Loraine McLellan (2013) Transforming perceptions and responses to student difference : the journey of seven beginning teachers. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Drawing on critical social theory and transformative learning, this study investigates the sociocultural factors that enable a move away from the deficit model of learning. The multicase study examines beginning teachers’ perceptions of learning and teaching for students experiencing learning difficulties. The fluid conception of identity occupied by beginning teachers was explored as the participants challenged structural ideologies and their personal belief systems.

The study argues that personal factors such as, engaging in critical reflection and beliefs, and school factors such as job security and school context influence how beginning teachers respond to diverse learners and position themselves as agentive.

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ID Code: 62442
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Carrington, Suzanne & Iyer, Radha
Keywords: inclusive education, critical reflection, preservice teacher, beginning teacher, rhizomatic transformational learning, critical pedagogy, learning difficulties, critical social theory
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 13 Sep 2013 06:50
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2015 23:27

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