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ERIC Number: ED402277
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Pages: 12
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The "Reality Schock" of the Beginning Teachers.
Jesus, Saul Neves de; Paixao, Maria Paula
Entrance into the teaching profession is often a situation of disappointment or "reality shock." As shown by previous researchers, teacher burnout is higher in the beginning of the career. Among the causes are inadequate initial teacher training and the lack of initial motivation. In order to study this phenomenon, the transition of 214 teachers from training in the university to the professional world was analyzed and some ways of intervention to prevent or to solve this problem were proposed. Analysis of study data suggested that initial teacher training should follow a relational model, capable of identifying and developing the personal skills relevant to an effective and personalized occupational practice. In the educational training prior to the beginning of the occupational practice, this model should clarify implicit theories and irrational beliefs and promote the formation of realistic expectations about teaching. The training should stimulate frequent problem-solving and decision-making simulation exercises. In addition, the training supervision should be able to promote the learning processes and career development of the new teacher via cognitive, emotional, and behavioral support. Six strategies for vocational guidance and counseling during higher education are suggested. (Contains 36 references.) (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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