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Beginning teachers’ perceptions of their tertiary education preparedness for teaching

Hudson, Sue M. & Hudson, Peter B. (2006) Beginning teachers’ perceptions of their tertiary education preparedness for teaching. International Journal of Practical Experiences in Professional Education Inc, 9(1).

Abstract

Retention rates and stress levels of early-career teachers are of concern (Williams, 2002), as is the relevance of preservice teacher preparation courses (Ramsey, 2000). Hence, reviews of Australian teacher education continue with calls for national enquiries that aim at devising more effective tertiary education programs (Green & Reid, 2004; Landers, 2005). This qualitative, year-long study gathered data through email correspondence and telephone interviews on eight first-year beginning teachers’ perceptions of their tertiary preparation for teaching. Data indicated that although they felt "Organising a classroom", "Relating to students", "Understanding duty of care", "Planning and implementing a program", and "Teaching across six key learning areas" were well covered in their tertiary programs, "Catering for individual differences", "Employing a range of teaching strategies", "Relating to parents" and taking on leadership roles appeared to be insufficiently addressed. There appears a need to provide connections between tertiary education preparation for real-world contexts by facilitating diverse experiences in rural schools and more emphasis on the practical aspects of teaching during tertiary education programs. These programs must reflect the needs of beginning teachers with research informing the decision-making processes for devising more relevant preservice education courses.

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ID Code: 9177
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: teacher preparation, induction, preservice teacher training, mentoring, school experiences, HERN
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 PEPE
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 27 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 04:56

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