Title

Beginning teachers who stay: Beliefs about student learning

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Teaching and Teacher Education

Volume

39

Publisher

Elsevier

Publication Date

4-1-2014

First Page

31

Last Page

43

DOI

10.1016/j.tate.2013.12.002

Abstract

Beliefs serve as an adaptation that helps teachers organize their teaching world. Little is known, however, about how beliefs change and serve to help retain and sustain teachers, particularly for beginning teachers who are most likely to leave teaching. This study explores teachers' beliefs about students in the US (N = 67) and if these beliefs change during the first five years of teaching. Results indicate that teachers hold beliefs about students that capture pride and participation. Over time, these beliefs become more positive. Implications for teacher education and policy are discussed.

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