ERIC Number: ED346291
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Professional Development Program for Beginning Vocational Teachers.
Heath-Camp, Betty; Camp, William G.
Research begun in 1988 investigated the induction process of beginning vocational teachers. Several research techniques were used in the study: nominal group technique focus sessions, focus group sessions, and individual interviews; daily and weekly tape-recorded logs and site visits; national survey; and exemplary induction assistance programs. Qualitative and quantitative analysis results led to the organization of a professional development program for beginning vocational teachers. Three major research conclusions were reached: (1) induction assistance programs must be flexible; (2) mentoring programs are the most common approach to induction assistance; and (3) the induction of beginning teachers should be a collaborative effort. A comprehensive induction assistance program should consist of 11 components: systematic administrative support; detailed orientation; certification courses; structured mentoring program; coaching in reflection; professional development plan; local professional development coordinator; professional development center; beginning teacher handbook; on-going inservice workshops; and peer support group. A model professional development center has the following elements: local school site; collaborative effort among school, university, and state department of education; operated by a full-time local professional development coordinator; funded jointly; and responsible for different induction levels. (Three figures and 22 references are included.) (NLA)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Beginning Teacher Induction, Demonstration Programs, Educational Finance, Inservice Teacher Education, Institutional Cooperation, Interviews, Journal Writing, Mentors, National Surveys, Nominal Group Technique, Peer Groups, Professional Development, Program Development, Secondary Education, Staff Orientation, Teacher Certification, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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.