Attracting and Keeping the Best Teachers

Issues and Opportunities

  • Anna Sullivan
  • Bruce Johnson
  • Michele Simons

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Anna Sullivan, Bruce Johnson, Michele Simons
    Pages 1-11
  3. Examining Issues Related to Retaining Early Career Teachers

  4. Reconsidering Policies and Practices: A Way Forward

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Bruce Johnson, Anna Sullivan, Michele Simons, Judy Peters
      Pages 101-122
    3. Jamie Sisson
      Pages 123-141
    4. Bruce Johnson, Anna Sullivan, Michele Simons
      Pages 211-220
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 221-230

About this book


This book challenges dominant thinking about early career teachers and their work. It offers an in-depth and critical analysis of policies concerning the work of early career teachers and how they are supported during this critical period, when they are highly vulnerable to leaving the profession. Moreover, the book provides examples from actual practice that illustrate how to help early career teachers make a successful transition into the profession. These practices promote early career teachers’ development  and help the profession as a whole to capitalize on the new knowledge and skills that these teachers bring to their classrooms and their students.

The book is divided into two main parts. Part 1 deals with the difficult to define process of retaining early career teachers, and its respective chapters consider this broad issue from an international perspective. They explore how policies and practices have an impact on what happens in schools, and what it means to be a teacher and to teach. In turn, Part 2 focuses on the need to reconsider the policies and practices that create the ‘problem’ of early career teachers, and offers alternative ways forward. Each chapter addresses a specific aspect of the early career teacher retention issue, contributing to a greater understanding of how we can rethink the work of early career teachers so that they can more successfully transition into the profession.


Early career teachers Beginning teachers Teachers' work qualitity teaching Teacher retention Teacher recruitment Teacher development Teacher education and training emotion and teaching Rural teaching teacher workforce planning and development Teacher mentoring

Editors and affiliations

  • Anna Sullivan
    • 1
  • Bruce Johnson
    • 2
  • Michele Simons
    • 3
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia
  3. 3.School of EducationWestern Sydney UniversitySydneyAustralia

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