Role management strategies of beginning teachers in Hong Kong

Pik Lin Jocelyn CHOI, Yee Fan Sylvia TANG

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Beginning teachers encounter new challenges as the role system in contemporary society has become more and more demanding. By means of the life history method, role management strategies of four Hong Kong beginning teachers employed to cope with role demands and intra-role conflicts were located in their biographical, workplace and wider social-historical contexts. The study shows that strategies such as qualification matching, definition searching, strategic compliance and strategic redefinition were adopted in the professional socialization process. The employment of certain role management strategies, which was related to the novices' human agency, the structure and culture in the workplace as well as the rewards and punishment embedded in the wider social context, had an impact on the development of beginning teachers' professional identity. Copyright © 2005 Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-387
JournalTeacher Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005


Choi, P. L., & Tang, S. Y. F. (2005). Role management strategies of beginning teachers in Hong Kong. Teacher Development, 9(3), 369-387.


  • Professional roles and collegial relations
  • First year teachers
  • Social role
  • Culture


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