ERIC Number: ED163608
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Induction of Primary School Teachers. A Report.
Western Australian Education Dept., Perth. Research Branch.
The aim of this study was to identify the best way to prepare and give support to Western Australian teachers when they assume their first appointments. Subjects included 15 percent of all new teacher appointments in the state of Western Australia in 1977. These were interviewed personally, as were their principals and superintendents. The interviewing team concluded that there were three conditions of successful teacher induction. The first requirement was adequate teacher training. The second was that teachers be given notice of being hired in time to prepare for classes and be assigned to an appropriate class. The last was teachers being made welcome at the school and being given assistance and the opportunity to discuss problems. Results indicated neither overwhelming success nor failure of Western Australian schools to fulfill these conditions. Researchers concluded that the conditions were met in many cases and numerous cases of successful teacher induction were encountered, but that the successes were counterbalanced by significant numbers of failures. Generally the failures were indicated by an absence of one or more of the three conditions. Improving teacher induction conditions requires better administrative and organizational arrangements and increased awareness of the problems by policy-makers. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Foreign Countries, Interviews, Questionnaires, School Orientation, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Education, Teacher Guidance, Teacher Orientation, Teacher Supervision, Teaching Assignment
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Australian Education Dept., Perth. Research Branch.
Identifiers: Australia (Western Australia)
Note: A report of a study carried out in primary schools of the Education Department of Western Australia