ERIC Number: ED356202
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Perceptions of Participants in the Orientation Buddy Program in Area 10. Research Report #91/92-10.
Scarborough (Ontario) School District Area 10 has had a "New Teacher Support Committee" since September 1991, the focus of which is the support of beginning teachers. During the fall of the 1991-92 school year, Area 10 elementary schools participated in a first year teacher orientation program designed to help teachers new to the Scarborough Board of Education through their first few months in the system. Each first year teacher was paired with an orientation buddy, a teacher who would act as a mentor/buddy for the new teacher. Since this was the first year of the program, school board administrators were interested in the perceptions of participants regarding the program's impact. Surveys were developed to review various aspects of the program and to gather participants' comments in order to determine whether the program was useful. Results displayed in tabular form, indicate that beginning teachers felt it was important to have a buddy, and that both the orientation buddies and the participating principals were interested in being involved in the program again. Comments and suggestions for future inservices are included in the discussion. Four appendices, which comprise three-fourths of the report, provide copies of the "Orientation Buddy Program Area 10 First Year Teacher Survey"; "First Year Teacher Survey--Comments"; "Orientation Buddy Survey"; and "Principal Survey." (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scarborough Board of Education (Ontario).