ERIC Number: ED204321
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Helping Teachers Examine Their Long-Range Development.
Newman, Katherine K.; And Others
Teachers' understandings and interpretations of their own development can be a positive influence on their further professional development. Research on teacher career development has revealed certain atypical stages of development experienced over a teacher's long-term career. Three developmental phases occur. The first phase lasts from about age 20 to 40, and involves considerable shifts in commitment to teaching, job morale, and other outlooks. In this period, teachers are in the process of establishing themselves in their careers, finding the optimal school environment, and becoming deeply involved with their families. From about age 40 to 55, teachers exhibit high morale and commitment to teaching. The final attitudinal phase is characterized by a combination of high job morale, an awareness of loss of energy and enthusiasm, and a drawing away from students and their parents. Suggestions are made for ways in which inservice teacher educators can help teachers review and understand their own long-term career development. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Convention of the Association of Teacher Educators (Washington, DC, February, 1980).