Telling stories and making it count: blending narrative and numbers in the important relationships of new teachers

Jim McNally, Allan Blake, Economic and Social Research Council (Funder)

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Abstract

Qualitative research on beginning teachers has consistently identified the importance of a relational dimension, often more prevalent in narratives than the more cognitive basis of development. One of the aims of our research in the Early Professional Learning Project was, therefore, to develop an instrument that offered a more quantitative indication of this, something other than the softer story-based data that has been seen as a rather weak evidence base in some quarters of policy development. This presentation will, following a brief introductory overview, outline the development of that indicator (interact) within the naturalistic paradigm of the project and also present the main findings, including range of support persons, their order of importance, categories of support. Extracts from the extensive narrative data base will also be used to illuminate the lived reality behind the numbers. Concluding discussion will cover grounded connections to grander theory and the potential of our statistics to provide a fuller appreciation of what it means to become a teacher.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - Nov 2007
EventInitial Teacher Education Seminar - University of Glasgow
Duration: 1 Nov 2007 → …

Conference

ConferenceInitial Teacher Education Seminar
CityUniversity of Glasgow
Period1/11/07 → …

Keywords

  • early professional learning
  • beginning teaching
  • interaction
  • relationality
  • affect
  • mentoring

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McNally, J., Blake, A., & Economic and Social Research Council (Funder) (2007). Telling stories and making it count: blending narrative and numbers in the important relationships of new teachers. Paper presented at Initial Teacher Education Seminar, University of Glasgow, .