Reproducing Successful Rituals in Bad Times: Exploring Emotional Interactions of a New Science Teacher

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Title Reproducing Successful Rituals in Bad Times: Exploring Emotional Interactions of a New Science Teacher
Author Ritchie, Stephen M.; Tobin, Kenneth; Hudson, Peter; Roth, Wolff-Michael; Mergard, Victoria
Journal Name Science Education
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Abstract Teaching is emotional work. This is especially the case in the first years of teaching when new teachers are particularly vulnerable. By understanding changes in teacher emotions in the early years of teaching, we hope to identify strategies that might ultimately reduce teacher attrition. As part of a larger study of the transition of new teachers to the profession, this ethnographic case study explores how a new science teacher produced and reproduced positive emotional interaction rituals with her students in her first year of teaching. We show how dialogical interactions were positive and satisfying experiences for the teacher, and how they were reproduced successfully in different contexts. We also illustrate how both teacher and students used humor to create a structure for dialogical interactions. During these successful interactions, the students used shared resources to satisfy their teacher that they were engaging in the relevant science content. The implications of what we have learned for the professional development of new teachers are discussed in relation to an expanded understanding of teacher emotions.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sce.20440
Volume 95
Issue Number 4
Page from 745
Page to 765
ISSN 1098-237X
Date Accessioned 2012-02-23; 2012-04-15T22:38:34Z
Date Available 2012-04-15T22:38:34Z
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/44486
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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