Chapter 1: Issues for the new professional

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Chapter 1 Overview

In this chapter you will learn about some general issues related to new VI professionals.

Key ideas

  • New professionals in education have issues different from new professionals in other settings.
  • New professionals who don't get support may not do their job well, feel ineffective, and end up leaving the profession.


  1. Expectations for new professionals vs. those for experienced professionals
  2. The isolating nature of the job of the VI professional
  3. Retention rate of new professionals in education
  4. Phases of teacher attitudes
  5. Coping
  6. The double barrier to assistance
  7. The new professionals speak!