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A case study of early career secondary teachers’ perceptions of their preparedness for teaching: lessons from Australia and Spain

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This paper presents an international comparison of Australian and Spanish secondary teachers’ perceptions about the effectiveness of their pre-service education and their learning as in-service teachers. It aims to identify, firstly, the extent to which beginning teachers believe they are prepared for their careers through their teacher training and, secondly, what teachers have learned as practicing teachers. A qualitative case study was conducted to uncover whether similar issues raised by early career teachers were identified in different contexts. Data were collected through interviews with secondary teachers (N = 11) from Australia and Spain in their third year of full-time teaching. Findings suggest similar positive perceptions towards their practicum experiences, transition to beginning teachers and professional development. However, differences were found in their early career experiences regarding professional learning and their development of identity. Implications of the study are discussed by identifying strategies to improve pre-service education for secondary teachers.
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Keywords: early career teacher; pre-service education; professional development; secondary education teacher; teacher identity

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Spanish, Modern and Classical Philology, University of the Balearic Islands, R. Llull, Cra. Valldemossa 7, 5, 07122, Palma de Mallorca, Spain 2: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The School of Education, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland, 4072, Australia

Publication date: January 1, 2017

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