Teachers perceptions of career: Crises, development and successes

Year: 2001

Author: Vallance, Roger

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This qualitative study arises from interviews of twenty secondary school teachers. The teachers came from four different secondary schools in metropolitan Perth and were each interviewed once a term over two school years. The age, subjects taught and teaching experiences of this groups of teachers was diverse and without bias towards gender or school.

In these interviews the teachers spontaneously addressed their concerns about professional career development. The teachers focused on initial career progress, their career crises and storms as well as the impediments they perceived toward real professional development. For many of these teachers their reflections covered a career coming to a close after a long classroom teaching vocation.