ERIC Number: ED339102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
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The Relationship between District Characteristics and the Provision of First-Year-Teacher Staff Development Programs.
McGuire, Joan Feld; And Others
This study analyzed the relationship between district characteristics and the likelihood that first-year teachers would be offered specific staff-development programs or would be consulted about their staff-development needs. The population comprised 434 first-year secondary and 1200 elementary teachers from Illinois. Eight hundred thirty-four teachers responded for a 51.1% return rate. Twenty-one percent of the first-year teachers were involved in first-year staff development while 37% were consulted about their staff-development needs. Wealthier, larger districts, that had less experienced staffs from independent cities and suburbs were more likely to offer induction programs for first-year teachers, p < .05. Further, unit or elementary districts that paid higher teacher salaries and had less experienced staff were more likely to consult with their first-year teachers about their staff development needs, p < .05. The lack of participation by districts in the staff development of their first-year teachers as well as the district characteristics related to the likelihood of offering such programs are discussed. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 1991).