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ERIC Number: EJ863459
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1941-5257
Being a Secondary English Teacher in New Zealand: Complex Realities in the First 18 Months
Lovett, Susan; Davey, Ronnie
Professional Development in Education, v35 n4 p547-566 Dec 2009
This paper focuses on the experiences of a group of beginning secondary school English teachers involved in "Making a Difference", a national New Zealand study of the influence of initial teacher education and beginning teacher induction on teachers' early development as professionals. Rich data drawn from three rounds of interviews with beginning teachers highlight the challenges faced by beginning subject-specialist teachers in secondary school contexts. The focus is on how such teachers balance their need to be confident in their curriculum knowledge and at the same time devise strategies to engage diverse learners at all levels. Data from four case studies highlight the challenges and complex realities experienced by beginning teachers as they move from 'surviving to thriving' (or not) as specialist-subject teachers, how these teachers continued to develop sound curriculum and pedagogical content knowledge in their specialism area beyond their initial training year, and the in-school factors that contributed most to their developing self-efficacy, identity and socialization into the profession. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand