The Transitions of Early Career Visual Arts Teachers
A career in teaching may be very challenging for first year educators as they undergo certain realities of the profession that were unforeseen. The process of producing and understanding art may take on new meanings and develop new identities within visual arts teachers as they are no longer students, but educators of the subject. Inspired by my early career transitions in the United States, my research studies at the University of Sydney have evolved from a self-narrative of my experiences as a first year visual arts teacher. Using qualitative methodology, interviews will be conducted throughout 2005 to follow four visual arts teachers in their first year of teaching. Our narrative stories underpin my research framework and inform the overall design and analysis. The stories of our transitions and evolving relationship to the visual arts provide the crucial investigative focus which sets out to find answers to the following questions: 1.What transitional challenges do first year visual arts teachers undergo? 2.How do beginning visual arts teachers describe their identity as an individual and as a teacher in relation to art? Does this identity change during the transition to a career in teaching?
Keywords: First Year Teacher, Visual Arts, Transition, Self-Narrative, Narrative
Dr. Denise Stanley
PhD Candidate, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney