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ERIC Number: ED401226
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Expert Teachers in Transition: An Exercise in Vitiation or Renascence? A Case Study of One.
Cowley, Trudy
Many of the schools in regional and inland areas of Australia find it difficult to attract and maintain quality and experienced staff, as do some of the more difficult to teach in schools in urban areas. To help overcome these problems Tasmania has instituted a transfer policy for state school teachers, as had other Australian state systems. However, little research has been conducted into the impact of transfer between schools on teachers' work lives, both professional and personal. This paper looks at the impact of transfer on teaching and the problems raised for an expert teacher in changing from one school context to another in the middle of a school year. After a review of relevant literature, a model of "the expert teacher" is developed and used to confirm that this teacher fitted the prototype of expert teacher. Then, the impact of the transfer on this teacher's quality of teaching, knowledge of content and pedagogy, skills and abilities, and personal attributes is described. The paper concludes that the transfer had a mostly vitiating effect on his teaching during the remaining two terms of the school year, noting that his expertise returned gradually as he began the next school year. Contains 11 references. (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia