Communications Project

Document Type:Dissertation
Name:Lizzie Alston
Title:A Case Study of Eight First-year Secondary Science Teachers in North Carolina: Problems, Issues and Behaviors
Degree:Doctorate in Educational Administration - Ed. D. Degree
Department:Education - Educational Administration
Committee Chair: Dr. Glen Earthman
Committee Members:Glen Earthman, Chair
Jerome Niles
Richard Salmon
Joseph Bryson
Tina Dawson
Keywords:First-year teachers, first-year secondary science teachers, issues of first-year teachers, problems of first-year teachers, behavior skills of first-year teachers
Date of defense:December 18, 1997
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A CASE STUDY OF EIGHT FIRST-YEAR SECONDARY SCIENCE TEACHERS IN NORTH CAROLINA: PROBLEMS, ISSUES AND BEHAVIORS by Lizzie M. Alston Dr. Glen I. Earthman Educational Administration (ABSTRACT) The purpose of this study is to (1) identify some of the major problems confronting first-year secondary science teachers; (2) list supportive practices supplied by the school-based administration and district-wide programs for first-year secondary science teachers; and (3) describe problems of socialization confronting first-year secondary science teachers. The study analyzes perceptions of eight first-year secondary science teachers under contract at the start of the 1996-1997 school year. The study viewed these teachers as novice by definition and perceptions of specific support activities which assisted them in moving from initially licensed to career tenure status. The literature review examines research on teacher based on self-reporting data. Although several of the cited research studies consider first-year teachers in general, few qualitative studies contain specific information on first-year secondary science teachers, e. g., what is involved in the new environment or what developmental skills are needed to survive the year. The research procedure used in this study is the individual case study method. Data were collected primarily through ethnographic interviews and surveys of eight first-year secondary science teachers and six administrators responsible for evaluation of these teachers.(Two administrators did not respond to the survey.) A thematic conceptual matrix was used to display the problems and issues faced by and support offered to these teachers. The findings clearly reveal the top two problems of first-year secondary science teachers to be discipline and classroom/time management exacerbated by a perceived lack of administrative support and assistance.

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