This study examines the experience of beginning teacher in the Kien Giang province, an area located in one of remote areas of the Mekong Delta region in the south-west of Vietnam. Through focus group discussion and in-depth interview with 29 new teachers, the findings showed that the participants felt they were not well equipped during their training course. Participants knew little about the importance of relationships in learning, in collegial communities or with parents. The teaching experience during the courses had been in schools that contrasted greatly with the ones in which they were employed and they had no experience in dealing with the four main difficulties encountered in this remote area: motivating students, lack of educational resources, poor living standards and relationship with parents. However, those who did receive some support within the school environment were able to overcome the weakness of their preparation. The results indicated that beginning teachers in this area were in need of assistance from the stakeholders in the community such as school principals, Kien Giang Teacher Training College, teacher training and local authorities who need to work together to ensure the teachers receives ongoing support.
Stream: Professional concerns
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