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ERIC Number: EJ816039
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1547-688X
Betwixt and Between: Liminality in Beginning Teaching
Pierce, Kathleen M.
New Educator, v3 n1 p31-49 Jan 2007
This article discusses what it means to be a beginning teacher from the perspective of four mid-career entrants to the profession. Findings from this ethnographic study suggest that regardless of preservice teacher preparation or school districts' formal induction practices, newcomers experience a dramatic threshold or liminal phase among colleagues that can be disorienting and discouraging. The "as lived" experiences of participants in this study remind us that while beginning teaching can be a fleeting phase of cultural initiation, it also can be an intensely alienating passage that dampens newcomers' enthusiasm to thrive or even remain in the profession.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey