ERIC Number: ED332041
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Dynamics of the Induction Process for Beginning Vocational Teachers.
Heath-Camp, Betty; Camp, William G.
A study investigated the nature, dynamics, and scope of the induction process for beginning vocational teachers. Ten purposefully selected groups of beginning vocational teachers from eight different states participated in nominal group technique sessions. Two groups were selected for intensive follow-up for case study. A mail survey of a stratified sample (n=625) of all first-year vocational teachers in the United States was conducted near the end of the 1989-90 school year; 352 usable responses were received. Findings from the qualitative research indicated that teacher education certified (TEC) teachers primarily noted problems related to students. Nonteacher education certified (NTEC) teachers tended to focus more on the facilities and materials. Case study analyses confirmed differences in the nature of problems faced by TEC and NTEC teachers. The positive experiences identified were focused predominantly on students; case study analyses confirmed the results. Findings from the national survey showed that (1) only 25 percent of respondents were involved in assistance programs but over half had a mentor or buddy teacher assigned; (2) two items with the highest perceived impact rating dealt with curriculum and availability of curriculum guides; and (3) assistance items rated as "major" impact were among the most frequently reported. Recommendations included assignment of a mentor or buddy, provision of curriculum guides, extra assistance for teachers taken from industry, and thorough orientation. (18 references) (YLB)
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Case Studies, Educational Research, Helping Relationship, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Mentors, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Secondary Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Certification, Teacher Supervision, Teaching Experience, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 1991). For related documents, see ED 303 628, ED 312 501, ED 328 747-749, and CE 058 055.