Early career teacher experience in teaching students with diverse learning needs in general education classes: A constructivist grounded theory study

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Chamlin, Tracey. 2021. "Early career teacher experience in teaching students with diverse learning needs in general education classes: A constructivist grounded theory study." 2021 Australian Teacher Education Association Conference (2021 ATEA). Brisbane, Australia 07 - 09 Jul 2021 Brisbane, Australia.
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Early career teacher experience in teaching students with diverse learning needs in general education classes: A constructivist grounded theory study

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AuthorChamlin, Tracey
Year2021
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttps://atea.edu.au/2021-atea-conference/
Conference/Event2021 Australian Teacher Education Association Conference (2021 ATEA)
Event Details
2021 Australian Teacher Education Association Conference (2021 ATEA)
Parent
Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) Conference
Delivery
In person
Event Date
07 to end of 09 Jul 2021
Event Location
Brisbane, Australia
Abstract

What is the experience of early career teachers, teaching students with diverse learning needs in general education classrooms? Are the ready? Do they feel prepared? Are there any surprises? What are the challenges and how have they overcome these? What are their successes and celebrations? This presentation will outline a current constructivist grounded theory study designed to better understand the experience of early career teachers (ECT) teaching students with diverse learning needs in general education classrooms. Preliminary findings will also be discussed. Inclusive education, grounded in the notion of social justice and equity, is an expectation of Australian schools and classrooms. As such, ECT are expected to effectively cater for the diverse learning needs of all students in their classroom from day one of their teaching profession. Early career teachers are expected to be 'classroom ready', meaning they must be confident and competent in the 'complex skills… knowledge and teaching practices' (TEMAG, 2014, p. xiii) needed to meet the expectations of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL, 2011) from graduation. This also implies an understanding and ability to develop positive relationships, and work in collaborative partnership with a range of educational stakeholders to ensure appropriate and equitable teaching and learning for all students. Exact numbers are difficult to ascertain; however, the early years of teaching can also be a time when ECT choose to leave the profession, with heavy workload and lack of support commonly identified as a reason. While research has focused on the perceptions, actions, and or behaviours of teachers, there has been less focus specifically on the lived experience of ECT professional practice as related to teaching and learning for a wider range of diverse learners in general education classrooms. As a qualitative study utilising a constructivist grounded theory methodology, data has been collected through intensive interviews with self-nominated ECT teaching in general education classrooms. A brief explanation of the research methodology and methods will also be provided in this presentation. An expected outcome of this grounded theory research is the development of substantive theory of the day to day lived experience of early career teachers teaching students with diverse learning needs in general education classrooms. This will contribute a deeper understanding of early career teacher practice in inclusive educational settings and in turn can be used to inform school and jurisdictional policy to ensure early career teachers are appropriately supported to implement inclusive and equitable teaching practices throughout these important professional years.

Keywordsearly career teachers, inclusive practice, diverse learning needs, constructivist grounded theory
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390407. Inclusive education
390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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