ERIC Number: ED250276
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Career Stages: Implications for Staff Development. Fastback 214.
Burke, Peter J.; And Others
Literature on adult life stages and career development is synthesized and placed within the perspective of a career cycle model for teachers as adult learners. The teacher career cycle is viewed as a progression affected by personal and environmental factors. The stages a teacher's career proceeds through (e.g., preservice, entry, growing, stable, exit) are described as not necessarily linear, but frequently cyclical. Scenarios are given of the cyclical development of four teachers, each of whom is required by circumstances to change or reverse directions to develop professionally. Implications for inservice education include: (1) Traditional inservice activities that emphasize improved teaching skills are appropriate at certain points in a teachers' career, particularly during skill-building periods; (2) The concept of staff development and professional growth should be broadened to include concern for personal needs and problems of teachers; (3) Organizational policies should provide support for teachers at various stages of the teacher career cycle; and (4) Approaches to staff development and professional growth should emphasize personalized, individualized support systems. (JD)
Descriptors: Adult Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Job Satisfaction, Learning Processes, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching (Occupation)
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402 ($0.75)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
Note: Publication of this fastback was sponsored by the Oklahoma State University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.