Crucial Moments in Professional Careers of Preschool and Primary Teachers

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Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 785)


The aim of this study was to describe the development of preschool and primary school teachers’ careers from their perspectives. Theoretical part of the study summarizes the knowledge about the teacher’s profession and the periods of teacher’s career. Regarding the development of preschool and primary school teachers, the authors considered the relevant differences between them. The goal was to find out the principal differences in teachers’ careers with probable origins and impact on teacher training programs at the university. The empirical part presents the results of qualitatively oriented research. The research data was obtained through twenty in-depth interviews that were conducted with teachers and kindergarten school directors, teachers and head teachers at primary schools. By analyzing and processing interviews, the categories capturing the teacher’s career paths were identified. Crucial moments in the course of teachers’ carrier development are discussed as fundamental, specifically in case of female teachers after becoming a mother. Other identified crucial moments include getting the position for a director or losing a job. A comparison of data from preschool and primary school teachers shows that preschool teachers enter faster into the phase of stagnation in their career development. The processing and evaluation of obtained data led to the creation of a theoretical model of the career path of preschool and primary school teachers.


Teacher professional career Primary school teacher Preschool teacher Teacher professionalization Crucial moments 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Humanities, Department of School EducationTomas Bata University in ZlínZlínCzech Republic

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