ERIC Number: ED261010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-1
Reference Count: 0
Understanding Problems Faced by First Year Teachers. A Naturalistic Study.
Williams, David D.; And Others
This presentation briefly reviews literature on first year teachers, summarizes findings from naturalistic research conducted in a first year teacher's classroom, and identifies implications for the preparation of teachers. Research studies indicate a need for more rich descriptions of teaching experiences to identify problem areas and to assess what it is like for teachers experiencing and resolving problems. The experiences of particular seventh-grade science teacher are described, with focus on the teacher's expectations of students, or herself and of problems, her use of humor as a coping mechanism, her expectations of feedback and evaluation, and her fear of developing an attitude of cynicism. Issues raised from the teacher's experience concerned preparing teachers for the realities of teaching, providing a nondidactic learning experience for teachers, and training teachers to use evaluation techniques and opportunities, including self-evaluation. (CB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (69th, Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).