Entering the field: Beginning teachers’ positioning experiences of the staffroom

Christensen, Erin, Rossi, Tony, lisahunter, & Tinning, Richard (2016) Entering the field: Beginning teachers’ positioning experiences of the staffroom. Sport, Education and Society. (In Press)

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Little is known about beginning teachers’ political positioning experiences of the staffroom. This paper employs Bourdieu's conceptual tools of field, habitus and capital to explore beginning health and physical education teachers’ positioning experiences and learning in staffrooms, the place in which teachers spend the majority of their non-teaching school time. From an Australian context, we present beginning (or emerging) teachers’ stories from one rural general staffroom and one urban departmental staffroom. Using the narratives we reflect upon how their positioning in the politics of the staffroom as beginning teachers presented significant challenges including negotiating the professional micropolitics, negotiating capital and negotiating opportunities and risks for reflection and change in contrasting social spaces.

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ID Code: 93974
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Beginning teachers, Bourdieu, workplaces, Physical education
DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2016.1142434
ISSN: 1357-3322
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy (130210)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 22 Mar 2016 01:48
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2016 04:18

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