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ERIC Number: EJ819767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1354-0602
Call Me Teacher: The Quest of New Teachers
Rippon, Janice; Martin, Margaret
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v12 n3 p305-324 Jun 2006
This narrative inquiry presents the experiences of a group of 10 new primary teachers grappling with relationships in the social context of their school environment during their first year of teaching. Their lived experiences are plotted together in the story of Gemma to provide one insight into the emotional dimension of attaining the identity of a real teacher in schools with individualistic cultures. Readers can add their stories to enrich interpretations of the text, extending the collaborative process beyond this group, to understand the difficulties faced by some new teachers motivated to say "call me teacher". The paper concludes with a plea to take account of the emotional needs, as well as the professional development needs, of new teachers in the induction process by differentiating induction procedures and raising awareness of the different cultures experienced by new teachers during their placement as they strive to attain a positive identity. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)