ERIC Number: ED310088
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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The Effects of a Colleague-Pairing Induction Program on the Perceptions of First-Year Teachers and Their Mentors.
Heck, Ronald H.; Blaine, Daniel D.
This study describes the effects of a pairing induction program of 15 first-year teachers and 15 mentors in a collegial relationship. The site of the study was a school district chosen because of its unusually high teacher turnover, the cultural diversity of the students, and the large number of beginning teachers on school faculties. The program utilized the resources of a consortium, including the host school district, the teacher training institution, the state department of education, the teachers' professional organization, and an outside educational consulting agency familiar with teacher induction. Beginning teachers in the program were placed in three different socioeconomic school settings. Mentors were district teachers who had already had at least two successful experiences with student teachers. The attempt was made to match beginning teachers with mentors by school, grade level, subject areas, and personal characteristics. The most important problems identified by both beginning teachers and mentors were classroom management, finding and using support resources, motivating students, working with special problems and developing positive relationships with parents, teachers, and administrators. Effective mentor behaviors included serving as a role model by setting an example, helping to anticipate and solve problems, and providing knowledge and skill. (JD)
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