ERIC Number: ED327535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
No More Isolated Cinderellas at the Swimming Hole: A Call for Needs-Based Developmental Induction.
Runyan, Charles Kent
A needs-based developmental induction program for beginning teachers should concentrate not only on orientation and development of individual strengths, but also on the situational/contextual personal and professional concerns of first-year teachers. The successful program tries to identify and meet the instructional and noninstructional individual needs of beginning teachers and to develop their personal strengths. Such a program must recognize that the concerns of a first-year teacher are not always specifically associated with actual instruction and usually involve nonteaching duties, administrative details, human relation skills, and job perception difficulties. To help fashion a needs-based developmental model a number of decisions must be made to fit the characteristics of the school system. The size, geographical restrictions, and financial resources of the school system will influence the scope of the components. To serve as a possible guideline, a continuum of decision areas that should be considered is presented, as well as a list of the goals and critical components of this type of induction program. A 3-page chart detailing the elements of local needs-based induction decisions is included. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council of States on Inservice Education (15th, Orlando, FL, November 16-20, 1990).