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Jokikokko, K., Uitto, M., Deketelaere, A., & Estola, E. (2017). A beginning teacher in emotionally intensive micropolitical situations. International Journal of Educational Research, 81, 61–70.

A beginning teacher in emotionally intensive micropolitical situations

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Author: Jokikokko, Katri1; Uitto, Minna1; Deketelaere, Ann2,3;
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 2000, 90014, Finland
2Faculty of Medicine, University of Leuven, Herestraat 49, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium
3Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Leuven, Herestraat 49, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2017
Publish Date: 2020-01-09


This narrative research focuses on two questions: how do emotions and micropolitics appear in a beginning teacher’s work and, what kind of strategies does a beginning teacher use when negotiating emotionally intensive situations in the micropolitical context of the school? The research material consists of three narrative interviews with one beginning Finnish secondary teacher. The results illustrate the significance of school’s micropolitics for a beginning teacher’s work and the various relational and emotional aspects that are present when a beginning teacher tries to balance between school’s micropolitics and a teacher’s own values. In addition, the research increases knowledge about how beginning teachers learn to negotiate emotionally intensive situations and use various strategies in the micropolitical context of their work.

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Series: International journal of educational research
ISSN: 0883-0355
ISSN-E: 1873-538X
ISSN-L: 0883-0355
Volume: 81
Pages: 61 - 70
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijer.2016.11.001
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: This work was supported by the research project called ‘Disentangling the emotional dimension in beginning teachers’ work’ (EMOT) funded by the Academy of Finland under Grant [number 265974].
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 265974
Detailed Information: 265974 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2017. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http:/