Recruiting career-change professionals as teachers: the challenge of socialization into teaching

Watters, James J. & Diezmann, Carmel M. (2013) Recruiting career-change professionals as teachers: the challenge of socialization into teaching. In Education and Poverty : Theory, Research, Policy and Praxis : Proceedings of AERA Annual Meeting 2013, American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, Calif.

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In many countries there is a shortage of quality teachers in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). One solution has been to encourage mid-career professionals in the area of STEM to become school teachers. The transition of mid-career professionals to science and mathematics teaching in schools is thus becoming a common phenomenon. The assumption exists that their experiences and enthusiasm for their subject matter will inspire more students to achieve greater outcomes in school and to pursue careers in the sciences. Although the experiences of beginning teachers have been extensively studied for over half a century, there has been little research on career-change teachers and the particular challenges that they face in becoming school teachers. These career-changers have constructed professional identities and are accustomed to working within a culture of collaboration and inquiry. In contrast school cultures are quite different and often teaching is a lonely solitary affair with little opportunity for collegial relationships aimed at knowledge building in the context of teaching. This research was a longitudinal study that followed 17 teachers from the commencement of teaching. Most of these teachers left professional careers to become teachers. Seven remained in teaching after three years.

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ID Code: 69652
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: higher education, disourses, marketization, commodification, multimodality, writing, absence of image, semiotics, critical, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 02 Apr 2014 12:06
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2017 16:47

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