ERIC Number: ED306359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
In at the Deep End? Induction in Colleges of Further Education.
Gartside, Peter; And Others
This report describes a Scottish Education Department study of induction (new staff orientation) policy and practice provided by colleges and of perceptions about the adequacy of such provision in the opinion of new staff, senior college staff, and regional officials. An introduction discusses the two-stage research design; this consists of case studies of five colleges and a national survey of 32 colleges. Chapter 2 reports on the range of difficulties new lecturers face. Difficulties are categorized under three main headings: getting to know how the college works, adjusting to the Further Education (FE) culture, and teaching. Chapter 3 describes induction arrangements in FE colleges, such as taught courses; planned activities; and informal, ad hoc help. Chapter 4 reports national survey data from new lecturers about the kinds of arrangements they have found helpful. Findings suggest that informal assistance from departmental colleagues is the most helpful kind. Chapter 5 reports findings that indicate that respondents emphasized one or more of three purposes of induction: provision of information, making new lecturers feel secure, and socializing new lecturers into the world of FE. Chapter 6 discusses the question of the use of student feedback in evaluation of lecturer performance. Chapter 7 identifies induction costs as administrative and personal. Chapter 8 discusses implications for college induction practice and recommends systemization of informal induction. The five case studies are appended. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Beginning Teachers, Case Studies, Continuing Education, Costs, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Postsecondary Education, Socialization, Staff Orientation, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Orientation
Scottish Council for Research in Education, 15 St. John St., Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 8JR.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Scottish Education Dept., Edinburgh.
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)