ERIC Number: ED395993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Developing a Conceptual Framework toward Change: A Cross-Case Analysis of Six Career Changers.
Neapolitan, Jane E.
The purpose of this study was to examine the extent to which beginning teachers who are career changers hold proactive beliefs about teaching. The beliefs of six career-changers (four males and two females, aged 25 to 45 years) were examined by means of in-depth interviews concerning their academic histories, previous careers, teacher preparation experiences, and general philosophy about school improvement. Cross-analysis of the qualitative data resulted in a Conceptual Framework toward Change. This framework suggests that career changers may be proactive in their approaches to teaching to the extent that they are capable of: (1) identifying with the new role of teacher; (2) having an investigatory focus on their work in the classroom; and (3) resolving developmental issues in their personal lives. (Contains 1 figure and 25 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Cambridge, MA, February 1996).