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ERIC Number: EJ811754
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1547-688X
"If You Don't Know where You Are Going, Any Path Will Do": The Role of Teachers' Visions in Teachers' Career Paths
Hammerness, Karen
New Educator, v4 n1 p1-22 Jan 2008
Drawing upon data from case studies of four teachers conducted over the course of eight years, this research examines the role that teachers' visions--their images of ideal classroom practice--play in teachers' career paths. This paper demonstrates the ways in which teachers' decisions to "leave" schools were often made for personal reasons, while their decisions to "move" to a new school were made for pedagogical ones related to teaching aims and goals. The author argues that we should not try to keep teachers from leaving, but rather, enable them to continue "choosing teaching again." (Contains 1 figure, 3 tables and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A