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Transitioning to practice across the professions : some lessons from the teaching profession

By Leanne Crosswell and Denise A. Beutel

Abstract

Across the professions, there is strong interest in the transition between graduation and early stages of professional practice. Our initial literature search revealed that this period of transition is significant to professions that include nursing, vets, midwives, financial planners, lawyers, occupational therapists, doctors as well as our particular area of interest - teachers. This importance is easy to understand for in these applied fields new graduates need to be competent in applying and synthesizing their theoretical content knowledge on a daily basis, often with limited supervision and mentoring (Goetz, Tombs & Hampton, 2005). As such, this transition period is of critical importance to the individual and their feelings of competence and early profession learning. An added layer for graduates in these professions during this transition/probation period is that they are also expected to have well-developed 'soft skills' such as communication, problem solving, and teamwork (Oblinger & Verville, 1998; Rao & Sylvester, 2000) in order to be effective in their roles

Topics: 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators, transition to profession, critical reflection, professional standards, teacher education
Publisher: Post Pressed
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:41922

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