Novice teachers as organisational people: expectations of a professional work environment, collegiality, recognition and respect

Educational Studies 37 (4):451-467 (2011)

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This study introduces a model of novice teachers’ expectations together with supporting empirical evidence. The model is sectorial, distinguishing novice teachers’ expectations according to their reciprocal relations with their partners in the school. The study investigated 237 teachers attending internship programmes at five large teachers training colleges in Israel, using a self‐report questionnaire. The findings revealed that: the expectations of novice teachers are based on a sectorial organisational view of the school, as proposed by role theory; novice teachers have very high expectations of their organisational work environment; and their highest expectations are for public recognition of the importance of teaching, while the lowest expectations are for receiving support and backing from the partners in the educational process. The article discusses novice teachers’ views of their function as organisational people and of the school as an arena for developing and nurturing their organisational selves
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DOI 10.1080/03055698.2010.540891
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