What is a veteran teacher, and how do veteran teachers contribute to schools and education? This international volume contributes to our understanding of veteran teachers with new conceptual studies and empirical research from different countries around the world. It is explores what we mean by a ‘veteran teacher’; the factors that encourage teachers to remain in the profession; the characteristics of a successful veteran teacher; and the values with which veteran teachers associate themselves.
Rather than supporting stereotypes about teachers at different stages in their professional lives, this book both scrutinises prevalent stereotypes and explores the great variety of veteranship in teaching, in different cultures and different subject matter domains. Teacher retention is an increasingly difficult issue and there are severe problems of high staff turnover and attrition in many countries - so recognition of the qualities of more experienced teachers is timely, as well as valuing the potential contributions of veteran teachers in schools. The book also addresses broader issues about teachers’ lives and identities, the vulnerability of different groups of teachers to the effects of change and reform, and the various forms of teacher knowledge and teacher development.
This book was previously published as a Special Issue of Teachers and Teaching.
1. International perspectives on veteran teachers: introduction Miriam Ben-Peretz and Gary McCulloch 2. The moral universe of Mr Chips: veteran teachers in British literature and drama Gary McCulloch 3. Distinctive qualities of expert teachers Amy B.M. Tsui 4. Veteran teachers: commitment, resilience and quality retention Christopher Day and Qing Gu 5. The role of ‘accomplished teachers’ in professional learning communities: uncovering practice and enabling leadership Ann Lieberman and Désirée H. Pointer Mace 6. What it takes to stick it out: two veteran inner-city teachers after 25 years Rosetta Marantz Cohen 7. The secrets of successful veteran biology teachers: metaphors of evolution, regeneration, and adaptation Billie Eilam 8. The game veteran theatre teachers are playing: anatomy of musings Shifra Schonmann