ERIC Number: ED324309
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Beginning Teachers and Computer Networks: A New Form of Induction Support.
Merseth, Katherine K.
Interactive computer networks, long available to members of the scientific and business communities, now are being introduced by departments and schools of education to enhance and continue the education of teachers. Electronic networking, linking beginners with other beginners and with their former university-based teacher educators, provides a new medium of support for beginners. One such network is the Beginning Teacher Computer Network at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This electronic network offers support and direction to novice teachers in disparate geographic locations during their first year of teaching. This study examines the following questions: (1) What is gained or lost by substituting for face-to-face interactions a system involving telephone lines and electronic equipment? and (2) What influence does the referent of multiple teaching contexts represented by the novices on the network have on the articulation of concerns and the development of strategies and solutions to problems? These questions form the foundation for a deeper understanding of the influence of electronic networking on induction support and the potential of this medium to encourage and foster reflection in beginning teachers. (Author)
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Computer Networks, Higher Education, Problem Solving, Research Utilization, Shared Resources and Services, Social Support Groups, Teacher Educators
National Center for Research on Teacher Education, 116 Erickson Hall, College of Education, Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($4.90).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Teacher Education, East Lansing, MI.