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SEMINAR: Early Career Teaching & Professional Participation

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South Street campus (car park 4)

Murdoch, WA 6150

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Please join the Murdoch School of Education for a seminar presented by Helen Dempsey and Veronica Gardiner, both current Murdoch PhD candidiates. This seminar will explore the many complexities that early career teachers face in relation to professional participation and identity, as well as the surprising ways in which various early career teachers negotiate this landscape. Findings are pertinent to teachers, school leaders, teacher educators and policy makers.

Helen will focus on relationships between the professional experiences of Early Career Casual Teachers (ECCTs), and the current Western Australian education landscape, which is dominated by evidence gathering to fulfill regulatory requirements. Drawing on ECCT interviews and reflective tasks, Helen explores how these teachers negotiated and constructed their professional identity. Findings highlight the role of educational institutions, schools and regulatory bodies play in assisting ECCTs in this process.

Veronica will explore how early career teachers (ECTs) understand and navigate professional learning for literacy, in a policy setting privileging standardized and print-based practices. This project involved a series of discussions with three small groups of ECTs, in different Western Australian locations. Findings illuminate how ECTs identified and worked through contradictions particular to their teaching situation and learning conditions.

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