Longing for recognition: A literature review of second-career teachers’ induction experiences in secondary education

S.K. Ruitenburg, Anke E. Tigchelaar*

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Abstract

In many countries, teacher shortages in secondary education are a serious problem. Therefore, alternative certification programmes (ACPs) have been developed to attract second-career teachers. Research on ACPs for secondary education showed that second-career teachers differ from first-career teachers in several respects. At the same time, the strand of research on induction seems to overlook these differences. Therefore, the purpose of this review was to find out whether second-career teachers in secondary education have special support needs in their induction period. Using a constant comparison analysis technique, 27 publications, conducted in the last decade, were analysed, focussing on second-career teachers’ perceived support, retention, and professional development. The results suggested that there is need for induction support that is (in part) especially for second-career teachers. It is concluded that recognising what second-career teachers need and have to offer may foster teacher quantity, teacher quality, and school development more generally.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100389
JournalEducational Research Review
Volume33
Issue number2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Second-career teachers
  • Teacher induction
  • Support
  • Retention
  • Professional development

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