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ERIC Number: EJ1022398
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1354-0602
Professional Identity Tensions of Beginning Teachers
Pillen, Marieke; Beijaard, Douwe; den Brok, Perry
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v19 n6 p660-678 2013
This study reports on interviews with 24 beginning teachers about tensions they experienced regarding their professional identity. The interviewees reported a total of 59 tensions of tension that fell into three themes: (1) the change in role from student to teacher; (2) conflicts between desired and actual support given to students; and (3) conflicting conceptions of learning to teach. Most of the tensions experienced conform with those found in the literature. Tensions were often accompanied by feelings of helplessness, frustration or anger, and the teachers had a strong desire to learn to cope with them. Because of their negative impact on beginning teachers' professional development, it is important that teacher educators and mentors in schools pay serious attention to tensions like these that relate to beginning teachers' professional identity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands