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ERIC Number: EJ872985
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0742-051X
Whatever It Takes: How Beginning Teachers Learn to Survive
Le Maistre, Cathrine; Pare, Anthony
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v26 n3 p559-564 Apr 2010
Reports of high attrition rates among beginning teachers suggest that new practitioners need help to develop coping strategies, preferably while they are still teacher candidates under the supervision of experienced teachers. Defining teaching as an ill-defined problem, where beginners have a limited repertoire of problem-solving strategies, this paper suggests that the ability to satisfice--that is, develop temporary but sufficient solutions--enables teachers to survive the early years of practice. However, it appears that, paradoxically, satisficing is one of the skills that is developed with experience. As we demonstrate in this paper, veteran practitioners have learned how to cope and by mentoring, they can help newcomers deal with the complex problems of initial practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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