ERIC Number: ED346292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
A Comparison of Induction Experiences of Beginning Vocational Teachers with and without Teacher Education Backgrounds.
Camp, William G.; Heath-Camp, Betty
The nature, dynamics, and scope of the induction experience of beginning secondary vocational education teachers was examined. The study determined induction experiences encountered and compared induction experiences of teachers with formal teacher education programs (teacher education certified or TEC) to those without such preparation (nonteacher education certified or NTEC). A field-tested instrument collected usable demographic and induction experience information from 352 teachers out of a total sample size of 625. Descriptive statistics depicted gender, race, educational level, average salary, and average age of TEC and NTEC teachers. The NTEC teachers fared better than the TEC teachers, a higher percentage reporting "yes" on 18 of the 22 induction assistance items. TEC teachers were more likely to have planning time available before school started. NTEC teachers were more likely to have a mentor, orientation to vocational student organizations, an extra planning period for the first year, and a beginning teacher's handbook. Several conclusions were reached: vocational teachers are not served by induction programs; induction assistance needs are not being met; inservice training is regarded as important; and minor distinctions are being made between TEC and NTEC teachers. (27 references) (NLA)
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.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 1992). For related documents, see ED 342 926 and CE 061 319.