Imagining a profession: A beginning teacher's story of isolation

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Title Imagining a profession: A beginning teacher's story of isolation
Author McCluskey, Kerryn; Sim, Cheryl Rae; Johnson, Greer
Journal Name Teaching Education
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Policy documents informing the profession of teaching in Australia and elsewhere explicitly recommend nurturing those new to the profession working collaboratively with colleagues. Key to the development and growth of beginning teachers is the informal exchange of ideas and knowledge between colleagues – essentially through the functioning of a community of practice. In practice there are beginning teachers who do not experience productive professional collaborations. In this article we use positioning theory and discourse analysis as a methodological “hearing aid” to listen to the story of a beginning teacher, a global English speaker, as she tells of her personal experiences of being excluded by her colleagues as she begins teaching at her first school. Speakers of global English are defined, for this research, as those for whom English is not their first language but may be one of many spoken languages. This story reflects similar accounts gathered during a larger research study conducted by the authors that focused on the early career experiences of global English speaking teachers. We conclude with suggestions for ways forward through awareness and practical reforms.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI
Volume 22
Issue Number 1
Page from 79
Page to 90
ISSN 1047-6210
Date Accessioned 2011-06-17
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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