Anatomy of success and failure: The story of three novice teachers

Eitan Eldar, Noa Nabel, Chen Schechter, Rachel Talmor, Karina Mazin

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This paper focuses upon describing and analysing the induction and integration of three novice teachers in their schools, and explores the emotional and social factors which influenced these processes. During their graduate year from the teacher preparatory programme, these teachers acquired teaching positions in central Israel. Using a qualitative inquiry perspective, four themes emerged: reception at school, involvement with the principal and the teaching staff, communications with pupils and developing attitude towards the profession and towards work. It seems that the integration of in-system support factors, such as the principal and teaching staff, with support elements from among the pupils, facilitated a successful induction to teaching. More attention from the school principal and emotional and professional support from the school faculty may improve novice teachers' integration and adaptation in school, consequently supporting their future professional success. Some adaptations for teacher education programmes are suggested in order to improve the induction process. Recommendations for professional and emotional support during the first year of teaching are also offered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-48
Number of pages20
JournalEducational Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2003


  • In-system support factors
  • Induction
  • Integration


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