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Volume 20 Number 7 May 20, 2019

“I Feel Very Fortunate to Still be Doing What I Love”: Later Career Performing Arts Teachers Still Keen and Committed

Christina Gray
Edith Cowan University, Australia

Geoffrey Lowe
Edith Cowan University, Australia

Peter Prout
Edith Cowan University, Australia

Sarah Jefferson
Edith Cowan University, Australia

Citation: Gray, C., Lowe, G., Prout, P., & Jefferson, S. (2018). “I feel very fortunate to still be doing what I love”: Later career performing arts teachers still keen and committed. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 20(7). Retrieved from http://doi.org/10.26209/ijea20n7

Abstract

乐百家手机版登录首页the problem of attrition among early-career teachers has generated a substantial body of research. however, less research has been devoted to later-career teachers who survive and thrive. this article explores the career experiences of four later-career performing arts teachers who remain keen and committed to teaching. informed by seminal studies by huberman (1989, 1993) and day and gu (2007, 2009) into teacher career trajectories, and using a phenomenological ‘lens’ of portraiture methodology, members of the research team undertook a series of in-depth interviews to gain insight into how these teachers maintain their positivity and commitment to teaching. four key themes emerged: the fundamental influence of social networks, the ability to recognise and embrace one’s strengths, the importance of being adaptable in maintaining relevance and social responsibility, and understanding the difference one makes to the lives of students. findings highlight the key mechanisms by which these later-career teachers rationalise and maintain their enthusiasm. given they are not fixed, articulating these mechanisms as attributes to be encouraged, practiced, nurtured, and developed among all teachers may be the overall key finding of this study.

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Mission

The International Journal of Education & the Arts currently serves as an open access platform for scholarly dialogue. Our commitment is to the highest forms of scholarship invested in the significances of the arts in education and the education within the arts. Read more about our mission…

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IJEA holds strong commitment to research in interdisciplinary arts education. Our editors are respected scholars from different arts fields working together to achieve our high standard. Read more about editors…

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