Professional learning places and spaces: The staffroom as a site of beginning teacher induction and transition

lisahunter, Rossi, Tony, Tinning, Richard, Flanagan, Erin and Macdonald, Doune (2011) Professional learning places and spaces: The staffroom as a site of beginning teacher induction and transition. Asia - Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 39 1: 33-46. doi:10.1080/1359866X.2010.542234


Author lisahunter
Rossi, Tony
Tinning, Richard
Flanagan, Erin
Macdonald, Doune
Title Professional learning places and spaces: The staffroom as a site of beginning teacher induction and transition
Journal name Asia - Pacific Journal of Teacher Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1359-866X
1469-2945
Publication date 2011-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/1359866X.2010.542234
Volume 39
Issue 1
Start page 33
End page 46
Total pages 14
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract This paper argues that the staffroom is an important professional learning space where beginning teachers interact to understand who they are and the nature of their professional work. The authors highlight the theoretical importance of space and place in the construction and negotiation of beginning teacher subjectivities. To illustrate the staffroom as a particular place where important professional learning could occur the authors use two narratives based on the lived experiences of two beginning teachers, one in a primary context, the other secondary. The authors conclude by calling for greater research attention to the significance of the staffroom and its interaction with teacher subjectivities. At the level of practice we also call for the teaching profession to recognise staffrooms as important sites of professional learning and places that should support induction and mentoring of beginning teachers. Such recognition could enhance the retention, satisfaction, and effectiveness of new and experienced teachers alike.
Keyword Beginning teachers
Place
Space
Teaching profession
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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