Plugging the leaky bucket: The need to develop resilience in novice middle years teachers

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Title Plugging the leaky bucket: The need to develop resilience in novice middle years teachers
Author Keogh, Jayne; Garvis, Susie; Pendergast, Donna Lee
Journal Name The Primary and Middle Years Educator
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Curriculum Studies Association Inc
Abstract The high attrition rates of novice teachers during the beginning phase of their career is a concern throughout the western world. There is, therefore, a need to investigate factors that contribute to novice teachers leaving the profession within the first five years. To date, extensive research has concentrated on the process of teacher induction, focusing mainly on the importance of effective mentorship and professional development programs for novice teachers. Few studies have examined the resilience of novice teachers during their early years, including those working in the middle years. This paper offers suggestions on how to fill this void. It investigates the notion of the need to develop resilience to increase the effectiveness, job-satisfaction and retention rate of newly qualified teaching graduates. The paper argues that novice teachers can be taught, and that a working knowledge of how to use effective resilience skills may well be used productively in order to work towards counteracting the high rates of attrition from the teaching profession. This is particularly important for teachers in the middle years, where stressors associated with working in these challenging years are argued to be greater than in later years of teaching
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Australian Curriculum Studies Association. Self-archiving of the author-manuscript version is not yet supported by this publisher. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version or contact the author[s] for more information.
Volume 8
Issue Number 2
Page from 17
Page to 26
ISSN 1447-6436
Date Accessioned 2010-09-09
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Education
Publication Type Non Refereed Journal Articles
Publication Type Code c2

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