ERIC Number: ED344867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Empowering Beginning Teachers through Developmental Induction.
Runyan, Charles Kent
Empowering teacher induction programs are developmental in nature and generally have similar philosophical orientations. They identify and meet the instructional, non-instructional, and empowerment needs of novice teachers. Induction programs that empower include the following elements: development of personal strengths and ideas; defined rationales and goals; provision of continuous year-long support aimed at breaking down isolation and building cooperation, collaboration, and collegiality; and efforts to increase the beginning teacher's knowledge base, through such means as special inservice, networking, peer coaching, and mentoring. Such induction programs utilize a wide variety of personnel, materials, instruments, and activities designed to identify and address the personal and professional needs of beginning teachers. They allow the beginning teacher to take risks by developing creative teaching ideas and new personalized ways of making a difference with students, and they motivate the beginning teacher to control his/her own professional growth through participatory decision making activities. Empowering induction holds that by giving voice to the professional ideas and concerns of beginning teachers, the profession will be dignified, humanized, and equipped to develop committed professionals who will have an effective influence on students. (LL)
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Collegiality, Developmental Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Mentors, Needs Assessment, Participative Decision Making, Personal Autonomy, Professional Autonomy, Teacher Improvement
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Collaborative Teaching; Self Empowerment
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council of States on Inservice Education (16th, Houston, TX, November 22-26, 1991).