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ERIC Number: EJ816965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1172
Enthusiastic and Growing Teachers: Individual Dispositions, Critical Incidences, and Family Supports
Weasmer, Jerie; Woods, Amelia Mays; Coburn, Tara
Education, v129 n1 p21-35 Fall 2008
Using a teacher career cycle model as a theoretical framework (Fessler & Christensen, 1992), this study was designed to investigate those factors which enhanced teachers' movement into and position in the Enthusiastic and Growing Career Stage. Thirty principal-identified and self-acknowledged innovative teachers (20 females, 10 males) completed demographic questionnaires and participated in formal open-ended interviews to determine which factors in the personal environment they identified as influential in their career development. Data analysis involved constant-comparison process followed by a cross-case comparison. These teachers testified to the significance of Positive Individual Dispositions as a vital support for their movement to and position in the Enthusiastic and Growing Career Stage. Related to their Individual Dispositions they spoke to prioritizing innovative practices despite time constraints, emerging as leaders in quests for professional development, motivation to press others toward innovative practices, and student response as a motivator to implement innovative paradigms. Other interactive facets of the Personal Environment that emerged as influential to these teachers were Positive Critical Incidences, and Family Supports. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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