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ERIC Number: EJ821316
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1366-4530
Retrained Teachers and School Culture: Complex Interactions
Aubusson, Peter; Watson, Kevin; Vozzo, Les; Steele, Frances
Teacher Development, v9 n1 p59-77 Mar 2005
This article reports the experiences of three retrained teachers as they made the transition to science teaching. The stories of their survival in a new school context were constructed from data obtained in an evaluation of the retraining program and interpreted using a reflexive methodology. These mature professionals had developed an approach to the use of power that characterised their teaching style, and this "identity" influenced the way they interacted with the school culture. The school is likened to a hamlet, in which a new resident alters the balance of relationships and brings changes to the cultural codes. A less teacher-centred style in the classroom, and a tolerant attitude to the value of the individual, appeared to increase the likelihood of successful integration into a new school environment.
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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
Identifiers - Location: Australia