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Teacher Choices: Teacher Development

by Alison L. Rutter - 2017

This article explores the individual and institutional professional choices related to the teacher development of the 19 exemplar elementary, secondary English, and math teachers who were still teaching 10-plus years after they entered teaching, either through New Jersey’s alternate route (AR) program or college-based (CB) programs in the state. By examining the history of teacher development reform movements affecting the careers of these teachers and the ways in which these exemplar teachers chose to build their careers, two case studies are drawn to demonstrate the impact of the institution as well as the individuals’ professional motivation. The cases highlight the different professional paths and choices these teachers selected. In conclusion, the article recognizes that, rather than their initial choice of pathway, teachers’ development into mature veterans was affected most by their ongoing individual choices of professionalism, which include the effects of the institutions in which they chose to work.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 119 Number 14, 2017, p. 1-32
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 22226, Date Accessed: 4/20/2021 1:12:26 AM

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  • Alison Rutter
    East Stroudsburg University
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    ALISON RUTTER is associate professor and special assistant to the dean for Professional Development Schools, Early Childhood and Elementary Education Department, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. She earned her M.A., M.Ed., and Ed.D. in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to having taught in elementary school, she has worked as a teacher educator at Teachers College, Muhlenberg College, and East Stroudsburg for a total of 20 years. Her writings and research have focused on professional development schools and teacher leadership.
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