The Early Career Experiences of Newly Qualified Primary Teachers in the UK

Griffiths, Vivienne (2003) The Early Career Experiences of Newly Qualified Primary Teachers in the UK. In: ICET/ATEA Conference: Teachers as Leaders: Teacher Education for a Global Profession, July 20-25, 2003, Melbourne, Australia.

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Abstract

This paper presents the findings of a one-year research project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), on the preparedness of newly qualified primary teachers in the UK (Griffiths & Jacklin 2002). Using questionnaires and follow up interviews, new teachers from three local education authorities (LEAs) in the south of England were asked about their initial teacher training and preparation for teaching, and about their experiences in their first year of teaching. New teachers felt very well prepared to teach literacy and numeracy, but less well prepared in teaching arts and humanities subjects, and in professional issues such as special educational needs. Key factors in the first year were school leadership, organisational culture and support from colleagues. A model of early professional development is proposed from the findings.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: This peer-reviewed paper, published in conference proceedings on the web, was presented at an international conference in Australia at which Griffiths was an invited speaker, and makes an important contribution to knowledge about teacher education. The paper presents the findings of a one-year research project, funded by the ESRC, on the preparedness of newly qualified primary teachers in the UK, of which Griffiths was the principal investigator. The project report was rated good by peer reviewers. Empirical data from teachers in three local authorities in the south of England are used to develop an innovative model of early professional development and identify factors supporting teacher retention. Findings are significant for their impact on policy and practice; dissemination enabled international comparisons to be made and widened the potential impact.
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
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Depositing User: Vivienne Griffiths
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:43
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2012 11:17
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/27698
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