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ERIC Number: EJ773848
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0196-786X
Beginning Teacher Successes and Struggles: An Elementary Teacher's Reflections on the First Year of Teaching
Romano, Molly; Gibson, Peggy
Professional Educator, v28 n1 p1-16 Spr 2006
An in-depth examination of an elementary beginning teacher's successes and struggles was conducted to provide insight into the demands placed upon her from teacher responsibilities, her school, the students in her classroom and their parents, as well as the pressures from personal goals and setbacks. Monthly open-ended interviews and a questionnaire distributed three times during the academic year provided insight into the successes and struggles she was experiencing and the types of knowledge, expertise, and resources that were available or needed for effective teaching experiences. The beginning teacher identified a total of 58 successes and struggles throughout her initial year, with an equal number of each type by the end of the investigation. An analysis of the categories of successes and struggles, how they occurred over time, and reports of what assistance might have been beneficial, was conducted from the perspective of providing assistance for future beginning teachers. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A