Dependent or Independent: The Construction of the Beliefs of Newly Qualified Foreign Language Teachers
This chapter focuses on a challenge that all newly qualified teachers face when starting to teach full-time in schools: how to put into practice their beliefs about good teaching. The topic is examined here through the experiences of 11 newly qualified foreign language teachers starting in their first job. The study followed these teachers during their first three or four years in the profession and explored how they constructed their relationship with their surroundings and how this related to their developing beliefs about foreign language teaching. As its theoretical starting point the study draws on van Lier’s (2004) ecological theory, which highlights the relationship between individuals and their environment.
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