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ERIC Number: EJ1138251
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2331-186X
Early Career Teachers' Beliefs about Their Preparedness to Teach: Implications for the Professional Development of Teachers Working with Gifted and Twice-Exceptional Students
Rowan, Leonie; Townend, Geraldine; Ewing, Bronwyn Frances
Cogent Education, v3 n1 Article 1242458 2016
Teachers have a major impact upon the educational achievements and psychological well-being of gifted students. Interestingly, however, relatively little is known about how well-prepared early career teachers believe themselves to be to take up this challenge. This makes the development of appropriately targeted and specifically focused professional learning opportunities challenging; responding to this significant gap in the literature--and its implications for the support of early career teachers--this article reports on results from a large-scale, mixed-methods Australian research project that investigated 971 newly graduated teachers' beliefs about their preparedness to meet the needs of diverse students. Drawing upon this unique data-set, the paper identifies three key areas where beginning teachers felt less than prepared: teaching students with diverse abilities, supporting students with disability and communicating sensitively with parents. The paper then identifies implications of this research for the professional development of teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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