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An International Perspective
The transition from being a student teacher to taking on the full responsibility as a teacher is experienced as challenging for many novice teachers. In this book, ten newly qualified teachers from five countries, Australia, England, Finland, Israel and Norway, tell their stories as they came through in individual interviews. The narratives, written by the authors, were all approved by the teachers as 'their' stories. What can we learn from listening to the narratives? What can we bring to decision-makers about how to support new teachers? Do new teachers face similar challenges around the world, or do experiences depend on their respective contexts? There are more similarities than differences.

Relevant research literature is used in discussing the cases. Much of the literature on novice teachers focuses on difficulties, and the stories presented in this book confirm that the first year is tough. However, the resilience, motivation and enthusiasm reflected in the stories provide reasons for optimism as regards teachers’ satisfaction with their career choice.

A major reason for deciding to stay in the profession is in the relations they created with the students. Satisfaction or stress related to the curriculum or achievements in their respective teaching subjects was not mentioned. The lessons learned from the ten novice teachers are useful when discussing the teaching profession and, not least, the induction phase of a teaching career.
Chapter 6 Alice’s Story: I Cannot Save Everybody
In: Lessons Learned from Novice Teachers
Chapter 7 Maria’s Story: I Have to Practice What I Preach
In: Lessons Learned from Novice Teachers
Chapter 9 Yael’s Story: Mary Poppins of Geography
In: Lessons Learned from Novice Teachers
Chapter 5 Owen’s Story: Empowering Students
In: Lessons Learned from Novice Teachers
Part 3 The Finnish Teacher Education Context
In: Lessons Learned from Novice Teachers
Part 2 The English Teacher Education Context
In: Lessons Learned from Novice Teachers
Part 1 The Australian Teacher Education Context
In: Lessons Learned from Novice Teachers
Part 5 The Norwegian Teacher Education Context
In: Lessons Learned from Novice Teachers
Chapter 12 Lessons Learned from the Teachers’ Stories
In: Lessons Learned from Novice Teachers