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Dan O'Sullivan
American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference 2017
Workplace-based Relational Dynamics and Beginning Elementary Teachers’ Emotions
San Antonio, Texas
Oral Presentation
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The focus of this study centres on how emotions are implicated in the processes of early professional practice, among nine beginning elementary teachers in Ireland, during the course of their initial year of workplace practice, post-graduation. Adopting a multiperspectival approach, which locates emotions in the liminal space between the “teacher self” and the sociohistorical structures of schooling, this multiple-case study accounts for the influence of a range of workplace-based relational dynamics on the emotionality characteristic of beginning teaching. Individual, semi-structured interviews and the maintenance of digital diaries (e-mail logs), were the methods of data collection employed. Cross-case analysis identified common patterns that recurred across the nine cases. Empirically-based conclusions are presented and the scholarly significance of the study is outlined.
CACSSS Research Support Fund / School of Education Research Support Fund