Roll over or resist: Voices of early career teachers
Price, A. (2011) Roll over or resist: Voices of early career teachers. In: Eighteenth International Conference on Learning, 5 - 8 July 2011, University of Mauritius, Mauritius.
In many countries teachers in their first five years of teaching are leaving the profession in droves. There is much conjecture, in the literature as to the reasons for this high attrition rate. These include poor working conditions, increasing casualisation, low status, and even the Gen X / Y factor. Clearly it’s a problem for governments and communities who invest resources into pre service teacher education programs only to find graduates opting out of the profession within five years. Looming baby boomer retirement rates, which potentially will see older teachers move out of the profession leaving teacher shortages with all its complications, exacerbates the problem. Developing teacher resilience has become a focus of international research in the past decade. This paper presents the results of largely qualitative data that reflects the perspectives of Early Career Teachers on the concept of resilience. What is it? How do you get it and is it a solution to the high rates of teacher attrition. Findings from the research will be used to inform the development of pre service teacher education curriculum that better prepare Early Career Teachers for the challenges they face.
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