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Understanding career change student teachers in teacher education programs

Project Member(s): Buchanan, J., Carter, D., Schuck, S., Varadharajan, M.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Teacher Education Association

Start year: 2015

Summary: upporting the professional development needs of all teachers is essential for their growth and success in the teaching profession. Recruitment of career change teachers has become a widespread strategy to address both teacher shortages and to enhance the quality of education in schools. While considerable research has been conducted on first career teachers, research is sparse on career change teachers, in particular their professional development needs during pre-service and later as teachers. The project aims to fill the gap in the literature surrounding career change teachers and contribute to new knowledge on this growing group of beginning teachers. The research will follow career change student teachers from Australian universities to examine their background characteristics and evolving professional development needs. Findings will have implications for teacher educators and professional development programs in supporting career change teachers.

Publications:

Varadharajan, M, Buchanan, J & Schuck, SR 2018, 'Changing course: the paradox of the career change student-teacher', Professional Development in Education, vol. 44, no. 5, pp. 738-749.
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Varadharajan, M & Schuck, S 2017, 'Can Career Changers be Game Changers? Policy, Research and Practice Concerning Career Changers' in Nuttall, J, Kostogriz, A, Jones, M & Martin, J (eds), Teacher Education Policy and Practice: Evidence of Impact, Impact of Evidence, Springer, Singapore, pp. 83-95.
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Varadharajan, M, Carter, D, Buchanan, J & Schuck, S 2016, Understanding career change student teachers in teacher education programs.
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FOR Codes: Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators, Management of Education and Training Systems, Resourcing of Education and Training Systems