ERIC Number: EJ1059911
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
"Teach For"/"Teach First" Candidates: What Conclusions Do They Draw from Their Time in Teaching?
Rice, Suzanne; Volkoff, Veronica; Dulfer, Nicky
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v21 n5 p497-513 2015
"Teach For" and "Teach First" programs now constitute a significant pathway into teaching in a number of countries. One criterion for selection into these programs is leadership capacity, and evidence indicates that many candidates do move into leadership roles in education, business, and policy in the years following their time as a "Teach For"/"Teach First" candidate. Given their capacity to influence policy directions and school practice, and to speak with the authority of at least some experience in challenging schools, it is important to understand the types of conclusions they draw from their time in teaching, and the solutions they propose to the problems of educational inequality. This study set out to explore the types of attributions made by 76 "Teach For" candidates for the low achievement of disadvantaged students, and what they consider to be potential means of effectively addressing the achievement gap. Participants gave most importance to the types of people attracted to and retained in teaching, and placed relatively little importance on improving school resourcing or addressing systemic and structural contributions to educational disadvantage. Implications for those training and working with "Teach For" candidates are discussed.
Descriptors: Low Achievement, Economically Disadvantaged, Achievement Gap, At Risk Students, Alternative Teacher Certification, Disadvantaged Schools, Teacher Education Programs, Foreign Countries, Student Recruitment, Educational Policy, Beginning Teachers, Attitude Measures, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Competencies, Educational Quality, Educational Resources, Barriers, Leadership Responsibility, Parenting Styles, Social Influences, Likert Scales
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia