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ERIC Number: EJ819809
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1047-6210
Transition to the School as Workplace: Challenges of Second Career Teachers
Haggard, Cynthia; Slostad, Frances; Winterton, Sally
Teaching Education, v17 n4 p317-327 Dec 2006
This article details the transition of second career teachers to the workplace called "school". Post-baccalaureate students at a mid-size comprehensive state university completed surveys pre- and post-student teaching. Participants responded to the personal and professional challenges in changing careers. Issues faced by the non-traditional students emerged. An increasing number of adults are changing careers and entering teacher certification programs. The study was conducted to discover the special challenges graduate teacher certification students encountered when leaving a career field and becoming novice teachers. Forty graduate students in the study completed an extensive certification program of courses related to the art and science of teaching. Open-ended surveys were used for the students to reflect on personal and professional expectations prior to and following the student teaching semester. Teacher educators who address the needs of second career teachers, such as increasing field experiences, providing classroom management and time management strategies, may lead second career teachers to use the unique competencies they bring to the teaching-learning setting.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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