Beginning teachers' perceptions of their work, well-being, and intention to leave

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Goddard, Richard and O'Brien, Patrick. 2003. "Beginning teachers' perceptions of their work, well-being, and intention to leave." Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. 6 (2), pp. 99-118.
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Beginning teachers' perceptions of their work, well-being, and intention to leave

ERA Journal ID20741
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsGoddard, Richard (Author) and O'Brien, Patrick (Author)
Journal TitleAsia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
Journal Citation6 (2), pp. 99-118
Number of Pages19
Year2003
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISSN0311-2136
1359-866X
1469-2945
Web Address (URL)http://libdr1.ied.edu.hk/pubdata/img00/arch00/link/archive/1/instarh/3015_image_vol6_no2_p99_168.pdf
Abstract

Both qualitative and quantitative data were collected from 123 graduate teachers six weeks after they first commenced full-time teaching in 2002 in the Australian state of Queensland and again six months later. Standard surveys indicated graduate teachers were experiencing relatively high levels of work pressure and emotional exhaustion, and increasing frequencies of emotional exhaustion and depersonalizing behaviour through the year. Almost a third of respondents indicated a serious intention to leave their current employment after the first 8 months teaching and this intention to leave was significantly correlated with burnout. Qualitative analyses of teacher feedback about issues of major concern to beginning teachers supported the results of the quantitative investigation and depicted increasing concern with a lack of support in an emotionally demanding work environment. Mentoring programs, where implemented, did not ameliorate concern about the absence of support or influence burnout symptoms. Findings were consistent with calls to implement effective programs to support teachers during their first year of employment.

Keywordsbeginning teachers; support; burnout; turnover intention
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
390203. Sociology of education
520104. Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
Byline AffiliationsGriffith University
Faculty of Education
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