An Investigation into Teacher Wellbeing During the Teacher Training Year

Sarah Turner, Nigel Zanker, Maggie Braine
2012, Vol. 17, No. 2,

Abstract


For those studying for the Post Graduate Certificate in
Education (PGCE), the teaching practice placement can
be a daunting experience. Trainee teachers have to adjust
into a new workplace and a complicated professional
role which can be stressful; this can result in teachers
leaving the profession in their early years if they do not
equip themselves with coping strategies and display
resilient behaviour.
The aims of this study were to gain a deeper
understanding of how a cohort of science and design
and technology PGCE students settled into schools on
their teaching placement and to investigate any
differences between mature trainees (those who had
taken at least one gap year after their undergraduate
degree) and those who have continued straight through
their education. Two questionnaires (pre n= 42; post
n=48) and a voluntary interview (n=7) were used.
Many trainees described their experience as rewarding,
yet exhausting and challenging. However, the interviews
highlighted there was some erosion of their personal
‘self’ at this early stage of their career. This resulted in,
for example, changes in their sleep, eating and exercise
patterns and an impact on their relationships.

Keywords


well-being, teacher training, school environments, mentoring

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