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ERIC Number: EJ934549
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1046-560X
There and Back Again: Exploring Teacher Attrition and Mobility with Two Transitioning Science Teachers
Gilbert, Andrew
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v22 n5 p393-415 Aug 2011
This study chronicled the professional journeys of two beginning science teachers. The focus of the research effort documents what brought them to science teaching and investigated their resulting career paths. Data artifacts for this instrumental case study approach included: interviews, written survey responses, personal communications and member checks. All data was transcribed and coded into emergent categories using a constant comparative analysis approach. The findings indicated that their decisions to enter and leave teaching were a complex melange of issues that included career disposition, notions of isolation, overarching culture of the school, and future possibilities. However, most striking was their re-entry into teaching on a temporary basis after considerable time away from the classroom, which suggests that teachers develop a sense of agency regarding their career decisions. This may require researchers to reconsider how we view teacher decision-making within the context of teacher attrition and mobility. Implications for science teacher education indicate that some teachers may enter the profession considering teaching to be a transition into a different career path. Secondary science teachers may perceive multiple career options (beyond the classroom) based on their preparation and teaching experience. Further implications and possibilities for science teacher education are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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