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Innovation showcase : Performing beginning teachers' 'firsts'

Ludecke,MA 2012, Innovation showcase : Performing beginning teachers' 'firsts', Adelaide (Glenelg), South Australia, 2012/7/1 - 2012/7/4, Adelaide, SA, Australian Teacher Education Association.

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Title Innovation showcase : Performing beginning teachers' 'firsts'
Creator(s) Ludecke,MA
Conference, exhibition or event name Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) 2012 Conference
Conference, exhibition or event location Adelaide (Glenelg), South Australia
Conference, exhibition or event dates 2012/7/1 - 2012/7/4
Publication date 2012
Conference series The Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) Conference
Description of resource Conference paper presentation
Publisher Australian Teacher Education Association
Place of publication Adelaide, SA
Summary Teacher identity work emphasises it is important beginning teachers understand their professional identity as something shifting, fluid and emerging – not fixed. These and other water metaphors – such as ‘washout’, ‘sink or swim’, and ‘thrown in the deep end’ – are often used to describe beginning teachers’ experiences. Such words and metaphors portray the fluid and unpredictable nature of identity transformation, while also highlighting that beginning teachers in particular find this transformation difficult, resulting in high levels of teacher attrition in the early years.Throughout 2011 twelve beginning teachers shared their experiences of identity transformation in semi-structured interviews with the researcher. Their interview data was analysed and scripted into an ethnographic performance, examining how ‘first’ experiences shape teachers’ future practice and identity. This presentation includes excerpts from the performance ‘The First Time’, and expands on the methodological approaches taken to generate data and knowledge that reflects the fluid and unpredictable nature of teachers’ identity. This eclectic approach combined an understanding of the self (Mead, 1934) with non-naturalistic theatrical conventions used to form the data into an ethnographic performance. The research is framed within a practice theory approach (Schatzki, 2001) with a focus on practices situated within a particular time and place.The research findings focus on the importance of developing creativity and flexibility as key beginning teacher attributes in order to ‘swim with the current’, and to counter the negative preconceptions beginning teachers are told to expect as rites of passage upon entering the profession. The outcomes of my research have implications for teacher educators and in-service teachers in assisting beginning teachers to negotiate the waters of an ever-changing profession.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category EN Other conference paper
Copyright notice ©2012, Australian Teacher Education Association
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30068850

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