Teacher dis/appointments? transitions into and out of teaching

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Curriculum Perspectives, 2011, 31 (1), pp. 12 - 23
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TEACHER ATTRITION COMES AT A PROFESSIONAL, social and individualcost. The seeds of professional contentment or discontent are potentially sown early in one's career. Of the considerableresearch into teacher attrition, and into the early years of teaching, little appears to have investigated the dual transitions into teaching, and out of teaching into another career, and into the possible links between the two. Reporting on research conducted in Australia, this paper investigates 22 ex-teachers' recollections from their transitions from pre-service to the workplace, and examines why some of these teachers became disillusioned or disimpassioned with the profession. Most, but not all of the respondents had taught in Australia. The paper does not attempt to provide defi nitive solutions to the problems of teacher attrition, but rather, to illustrate with fl esh-and-blood examples, some of the dilemmas faced by early career teachers. From their position as ex-teachers, these interviewees look through the 'prism' of their teaching, to its early days and beyond. The paper looks in particular at: transition from pre-service to in-service contexts; recruitment; and casual/supply teachers.
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