"I felt like a teacher today": Beginning teachers and professional identity

Marilyn Pietsch, John Williamson

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Abstract

In this paper, we consider the way in which beginning teachers seek to construct their professional identity as they enter the teaching profession. We report on findings of an ongoing research project into the experiences of beginning teachers in NSW in the course of their first two years in the profession. We argue from case studies and a state-wide survey that the employment contexts in which beginning teachers enter the profession appear to affect significantly the capacity of newcomers to the profession to develop strong personal professional identities as teachers. We explore the construct of professional identity in the light of beginning teachers' images of teaching and the formation and re-formation of their views about teaching and their place in it as they move from teacher education institutions to take up differing teaching positions in schools. The findings suggest that those involved in teacher preparation programmes and in the induction of beginning teachers into the profession need to understand, acknowledge and strengthen the individual's view of self as teacher in the early year of teaching in order to ensure that commitment to the profession can be sustained through the difficulties inherent in early experiences of learning to teach.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeacher Education
Subtitle of host publicationLocal and global.
EditorsMaxine Cooper
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherATEA
Pages365-371
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)1920952381
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventAustralian Teacher Education Association Annual (ATEA) Conference - Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Duration: 06 Jul 200509 Jul 2005

Conference

ConferenceAustralian Teacher Education Association Annual (ATEA) Conference
CountryAustralia
Period06/07/0509/07/05

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    Pietsch, M., & Williamson, J. (2005). "I felt like a teacher today": Beginning teachers and professional identity. In M. Cooper (Ed.), Teacher Education: Local and global. (pp. 365-371). ATEA.