ERIC Number: ED408063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Teachers Coping with Change: The Stories of Two Preschool Teachers.
Kelly, Alison L.; Berthelsen, Donna C.
Journal of Australian Research in Early Childhood Education, v1 p62-70 1997
In this study, 12 preschool teachers in Queensland, Australia were given opportunities to record and describe their work within their specific teaching context, as well as within the wider contexts of the school campus and the educational and social system. Subjects kept a reflective journal each day over a 2-week period, and entries frequently identified the influence that mandated educational change had on daily work. The keeping of the journal and a follow-up conversation enabled the creation of teachers' stories about their experiences. Two of the teachers' stories, chosen because they encompassed many of the themes present in the other stories, illustrated that the role of the preschool teacher in Queensland is in a process of redefinition. These teachers believed that it was becoming increasingly difficult to meet their personal expectations about the role of early childhood education, with teaching responsibilities increasingly crowded by other work demands. The teachers found in difficult to integrate their work into the primary school organizational structure because they were accustomed to considerably more autonomy, and they were unclear about their role in relation to their associated school. A predominant theme in their stories was that the role of early childhood teacher has been affected by the elimination of the Preschool Directorate in the Queensland Education Department. This loss of representation and practical support resulted in feelings of powerlessness to contest school and social demands. (Contains 9 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia