The reality of uncertainty: The plight of beginning casual teachers

Year: 2002

Author: McCormack, Ann, Thomas, Kaye

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Whether by choice or necessity, a significant number of beginning teachers are initially employed as casual teachers. This paper reports the experiences and concerns of teacher education graduates from a New South Wales University who enter the teaching profession as casual teachers. These perceptions are considered by focus groups of casual beginning teachers, university and NSW Department of Education and Training personnel as they offer suggestions for improving the preparation and induction of casual beginning teachers.