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Hordatt Gentles, C; Down, L.; Collins-Figueroa, M.; Newman, M.
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Changing Concepts of Professionalism among Beginning Teachers in Jamaica
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Proceedings of the World Assembly 2011, International Coun cil on Ed u ca tion for Teaching Conference
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2012
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Glasgow, Scotland
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25 pages
Abstract
The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica Academic knowledge about how Jamaican teachers understand the concept of teacher professionalism is limited. To redress this, a five-year qualitative longitudinal study was designed to investigate how teachers conceptualize teacher professionalism and how this changes over time. In this paper, the second phase of the study is highlighted, in which twenty four beginning teachers were interviewed to understand how they experienced their first year of teaching and how these experiences had impacted their developing conceptions of professionalism. The findings suggest their first experiences were fraught with instructional, management, relational and psychological challenges which were exacerbated or relieved by varying degrees of support from principals, other teachers and school communities. The results have implications for how we think about improving systems and support mechanisms for professional learning among beginning teachers in Jamaica.....
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