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Improving learning in a professional context : a research perspective on the new teacher in school

McNally, Jim and Blake, Allan, eds. (2010) Improving learning in a professional context : a research perspective on the new teacher in school. Improving Learning Series . Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-49340-6

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Improving learning in a professional context provides vital new evidence on exactly how teachers learn to be teachers; evidence that is likely to affect and influence the profession for many years to come. Demonstrating that learning in schools is more than simple 'cognitive' knowledge of the curriculum and teaching skills, this book suggests that we need to pay more attention to the emotional, relational, ethical, material, structural and temporal dimensions of the teaching experience. Based on empirical research, including interviews with new teachers, by teachers themselves, on a scale rarely seen before, the book reveals the complexity of learning in a professional context and gives some basic truths about what really matters in teaching. This book offers a fundamental critique of policy but also the prospect of constructive change for the better as the authors present accounts of what the 'real' experience of beginning teaching may be like, as well as lines for future research. Key questions are answered, such as: * Do we really understand what beginners go through in the workplace? * What is the experience of new teachers as they join one of the largest workforces in the developed world? * What do teachers learn in the school, one of our universal institutions? Becoming a teacher is a transformative search by individuals for their teaching identities and, with this book, teachers and teacher educators can at last begin to understand this complex developmental process.