ERIC Number: ED390803
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Montana Beginning Teacher Support Program. Research Report for Year Three 1994-95.
Spuhler, Lee; Zetler, Alan
This report is the third of four reports on the Beginning Teacher Support Program (BTSP) on the effectiveness of mentoring new teachers. The paper focuses on technical aspects of the study. Study data are summarized in tables, including a comparison of teacher retention rates over the three years of BTSP, a summary of administrators' evaluations of the beginning teachers, and the effect of the mentoring program on professional development as evidenced by the "Concerns Model." Data are presented on: frequency of journal and interview citations; number of citations; special characteristics of mid-range citations; a summary of beginning teachers' high and low points during 1994-95; and a summary of considerations for developing a district/state mentorship program, including program structure, people involved, operation and program mechanics, follow-up, and practices to avoid at the local level. Finally, some conclusions from Year Three of the study are suggested: (1) the one-on-one mentoring concept enjoys almost universal acceptance by administrators and participants; (2) beginning teachers take the teaching context they are in very personally; and (3) the context of the local school is a dominant factor in how the beginner's source of well being develops. The BTSP Budget Report, July 15, 1994-July 14, 1995, and the survey instrument are included. (ND)
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Helping Relationship, Inservice Teacher Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Journal Writing, Master Teachers, Mentors, State Programs, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Certification, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Supervision
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Montana State Board of Education, Helena.
Identifiers - Location: Montana