The new lives of teachers

| February 1, 2011

Title: The new lives of teachers

Author: Christopher Day and Qing Gu

Publisher: London/New York : Routledge, 2010

Call No.: LB1731 .D39 2010

From the Publisher:

The New Lives of Teachers examines the varied, often demanding commitments on teachers’ lives today as they attempt to pursue careers in primary and secondary education. Building upon Huberman’s classic study, it probes not only teachers’ everyday lives, but also the ways in which they negotiate the pitfalls of professional development and the different life and work ‘scenarios’ that challenge their sense of identity, well-being and effectiveness.

The authors provide a new evidence-based framework to investigate and understand teachers’ lives. Using a range of contemporary examples of teaching, they demonstrate that it is the relative success with which teachers manage various personal, work and external policy challenges that is a key factor in the satisfaction, commitment, well-being and effectiveness of teachers in different contexts and at different times in their work and lives. The positive and negative influences upon career and professional development and the influences of school leadership, culture, colleagues and conditions are also shown to be profound and relate directly to teacher retention and the work-life balance agenda. The implications of these insights for teaching quality and teacher retention are discussed.

This book will be of special interest to teachers, teachers’ associations, policy makers, school leaders, and teacher educators, and should also be of interest to students on postgraduate courses.

About the Authors:

Both authors are professors at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Christopher Day is Professor of Education and Co-Director of the Teacher and Leadership Research Centre (TLRC). Prior to this he worked as a teacher, lecturer and local education authority adviser. His particular concerns centre upon the continuing development of teachers, teacher effectiveness, teachers’ lives and work, successful school leadership, learning networks, action research and change.

Dr Qing Gu is an Associate Professor in the School of Education. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE), a member of the Compare Editorial Board and Reviews Editor of the International Journal of Educational Development. Her research interests are teacher professional development, school leadership and improvement and intercultural learning.

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