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Jack Hourcade

2015

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Career Changers As First-Year High School Teachers, Holly Anderson, Sara Fry, Jack Hourcade Apr 2015

Career Changers As First-Year High School Teachers, Holly Anderson, Sara Fry, Jack Hourcade

Jack Hourcade

Individuals who change careers to assume teaching roles in secondary schools are more likely to struggle in the classroom than those without such backgrounds. In this investigation, we identified three such career-changing teachers who were beginning their education careers in rural schools, and observed and interviewed them throughout their first year of teaching to understand their unique challenges and to identify the types of supports that they found to be most helpful. Three primary themes emerged: (1) adjustment to the unique culture of a school, (2) the importance of mentoring, and (3) adaptation of previous work experiences to teaching. Recommendations ...