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New professionalism in austere times: the employment experiences of early career teachers in Scotland

Hulme, M and Menter, I (2014) New professionalism in austere times: the employment experiences of early career teachers in Scotland. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 20 (6). pp. 672-687. ISSN 1354-0602

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Abstract

International concern to raise educational standards and improve teacher quality has directed attention to the need to sustain career-long professional learning. Teacher induction and early professional learning (during years 2–6) have been associated with patterns of attrition and improved pupil outcomes. As the economic crisis impacts on public sector employment, the rhetoric of professionalism stands in contrast to the employment experiences of many recently qualified teachers. This article draws on interviews with 20 early career teachers in Scotland who achieved full registration from 2006. Work histories drawn from this small-scale study challenge the implicit assumptions of staged models of teacher development and draw attention to the increasing fragmentation and casualisation of experience in the teacher labour market.

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