ERIC Number: ED326498
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
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Principals' Judgments of Experiences with Beginning Teacher Internship Program.
Chiang, Linda H.; McElhinney, James
Data were collected from elementary principals before and after their participation for a year in a beginning teacher internship program (BTIP). Principals' expectations were compared with their actual experiences. Their attitudes and views before the start of the year were compared with their attitudes and views at the close of the year. The relationships among principal, mentor, and beginning teacher were explored. Near the beginning and the end of their first year of working in the BTIP, 84 principals (70%) completed instruments that collected their expectations/experiences, attitudes, and views of BTIP. Analysis of the data from the questionnaires suggested that intern-mentor programs have mostly positive impacts on beginning teachers. Principals confirmed that student teaching was important to beginning teachers and teacher preparation programs should provide courses that can help beginning teachers learn how to manage class discipline and motivate students. Principals reported that beginning teachers adjusted more readily to teaching responsibility than the principals had expected, and that teachers and mentors readily discussed areas of concern with less embarrassment or breaches of confidentiality than principals had expected. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Mid-Western Educational Research Conference (Chicago, IL, October 17-20, 1990).