ERIC Number: ED446880
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
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Putting Rurality on the Agenda: Beginning Teachers in Rural Schools.
It is not uncommon for beginning teachers in Queensland (Australia) to be assigned their first teaching placement in a rural area. Many of these teachers stay there for the minimum time that they must, then seek to relocate to a coastal city. The literature and interviews with beginning rural teachers suggest that those who view the experience positively have their roots in the community, or a similar one, and those with negative views experience a multifaceted sense of isolation-- physical, interpersonal, cultural, intellectual, and personal. These considerations are bound together in notions of identity and community. Identity is a social phenomenon bound up in the people and community with whom a person feels comfortable; but it also tends to be associated with the physical place occupied by the community. Applying this to beginning teachers, several aspects of identity emerge: personal and social identity, focusing particularly upon the immediate family group and the place where one grew up; professional identity, focusing on the preservice community, university, and current school placement; and desired future social and professional identity. If the teaching situation provides a mismatch with an aspect of the teacher's identity, then a sense of isolation is felt. Although isolation may be real in a geographic sense, identity mismatch amplifies perceived isolation and the urge to move to a place that more closely matches the teacher's identity. (TD)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Collegiality, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Mobility, Foreign Countries, Geographic Isolation, Identification (Psychology), Professional Isolation, Quality of Working Life, Rural Areas, Rural Schools, Self Concept, Teacher Alienation, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Persistence
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia