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The importance of belonging during an internship: Disrupting traditional models of professional experience

Fielder, S. and Morrison, C. (2022) The importance of belonging during an internship: Disrupting traditional models of professional experience. In: 37th Annual Research Forum. Western Australian Institute for Educational Research (WAIER), 6 August 2022, University of Notre Dame, Fremantle.

Abstract

The retention of graduate teachers in the current employment climate is critical to the profession and sustainability of our schools. In this research, participants were involved in a year-long internship program which offered the chance to partake in a community of practice within a school setting. The connection and sense of belonging those pre-service teachers developed with their school had a significant impact on their desire to remain or leave a school and the job. In this presentation, we share the importance that participants discussed in relation to belonging to a school community as part of their pathway to becoming and remaining a teacher. Implications of this study broaden the discussion and provide additional perspectives of fast-tracking quality graduates into the profession within a model that participants highlight as having long term impact on their early career development.

Item Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Education
Conference Website: https://www.waier.org.au/annual-forum/
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/66191
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