Title

Voices from the Field: Preparing Teachers for High Needs Schools

Location

2077

Format Type

Paper

Format Type

Paper

Start Date

14-1-2017 10:30 AM

End Date

14-1-2017 11:50 AM

Abstract

Many new teachers in high needs contexts leave the profession, or at least their school, in just a few years. This study takes a close look at a group of teachers in the first three years of their career to find out in what ways they feel supported and where their challenges are apparent. Data was collected via both interview and observation in their classrooms. Interviews and observations were coded and the themes that emerge both provide insight into the challenges of new teachers in high needs schools and suggest areas where their preparation might be improved to support a successful transition from the teacher education program to a classroom. Results are presented using ethno-drama as a way to interact with the data and learn from the experiences of these teachers.

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Voices from the Field: Preparing Teachers for High Needs Schools

2077

Many new teachers in high needs contexts leave the profession, or at least their school, in just a few years. This study takes a close look at a group of teachers in the first three years of their career to find out in what ways they feel supported and where their challenges are apparent. Data was collected via both interview and observation in their classrooms. Interviews and observations were coded and the themes that emerge both provide insight into the challenges of new teachers in high needs schools and suggest areas where their preparation might be improved to support a successful transition from the teacher education program to a classroom. Results are presented using ethno-drama as a way to interact with the data and learn from the experiences of these teachers.