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ERIC Number: ED218220
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Pages: 13
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Reference Count: 0
Sameness Drives Me Up a Wall.
Dillon-Peterson, Elizabeth
Research has shown that the induction period is the most crucial time of a teacher's career. Characteristics of teachers who demonstrate an open, lively, and continuous desire to learn are quite different from those of teachers who remain static after their beginning years. In interviews, four experienced teachers were asked about initial training, motivation, and induction as teachers. They were chosen as interview subjects because they were self confident and possessed high energy levels. Each teacher represented different age groups: twenties, thirties, forties, and fifties and sixties. The interviews gathered pertinent background information which revealed differences in the teachers' orientation experiences. Differences in teachers' attitudes were also apparent in the teachers' perceptions of their colleagues and in their evaluations of themselves. Characteristics common to all four teachers were deep commitment, genuine caring, and the goal to become better teachers and to learn more. It is concluded that significant improvement in teacher education could occur if preservice teachers were exposed to positive, dedicated, somewhat selfless role models and that beginning teachers should be treated as respected colleagues whose contributions are worth serious acknowledgement. (FG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 21, 1982).