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ERIC Number: ED315235
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Supporting Beginning Teachers in Rural And Small Schools.
Lemke, June Canty
The needs of rural teachers differ significantly from those of teachers who begin their careers in urban and suburban districts, where staff and resources are more plentiful. Significant problems exist in finding and retaining rural teachers. This paper presents findings of a 1988 survey of 256 small or rural schools in four Southern California counties (Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego). The survey asked principals to identify support services for beginning teachers, continuing education programs, and inservice programs specifically designed to increase teacher retention. Rural administrators reported that they usually offered mentor teachers as support providers for new teachers. Meetings with other staff members were also frequently used to facilitate adjustment. The most frequently used labor development strategy was school paid travel to professional meetings. Relatively few administrators reported offering tuition reimbursement. The survey's results indicated that attrition from the teaching profession was not a serious problem, possibly because of southern California's high population growth and relatively good working conditions. School districts also seemed to be providing many of the support services for beginning teachers that the literature suggests. The data suggest that: (1) potential teachers could be better educated about working in rural areas; (2) districts should consider cooperative efforts for teacher inservice and continuing education programs; and (3) universities might make it easier for rural teachers to participate in graduate programs. (TES)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California