ERIC Number: ED040157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jan
Reference Count: 0
A Pilot Study of Problems and Practices in the Induction of Beginning Teachers.
Bouchard, John B.; Hull, Ronald E.
A pilot study was designed to test the practicality of gathering data through interviews and to provide tentative information on induction problems and practices encountered by beginning teachers in the Cattaraugus-Chautauqua County area of New York. Fifty-three elementary self-contained classroom teachers and secondary academic subject-matter teachers, with 19 principals of elementary, secondary, and comprehensive schools, comprised the sample population. The interviews were designed with forced-choice and open-ended questions to discover what help the beginning teachers received and what induction programs existed in the schools. The beginning teachers were asked how helpful their methods courses, teaching practice and non-educational courses were as preparation for teaching. A majority found their preservice training irrelevant, experienced initial difficulties in the school and would have preferred greater definition of their roles, although they were grateful for the help they did receive and planned to continue teaching. Principals recognized the need for better induction programs but in many cases lacked the time to develop them. Separate studies are recommended to investigate the discrepancies between the teachers' and principals' evaluation of the induction programs and to increase the effectiveness of the methodology. Appendixes A and B give summaries of the teachers' and principals' interview data and Appendix C compares the sample groups with population on selected data categories. (MBM)
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Fredonia. Coll. at Fredonia.