ERIC Number: ED399216
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Feb-21
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Success in the First Year of Teaching: Effects of a Clinical Experience Program.
Tusin, Linda F.
Findings from a study of seven novice teachers who graduated from Elmhurst College (Illinois) indicate that the preservice clinical experiences received by these teachers during their participation in the Satellite Program contributed to successful first-year teaching experiences. This follow-up study examines Satellite Program graduates who participated in the program between 1991 and 1993 and who began their first year of teaching in either Fall 1992 or Fall 1993. Four of the seven beginning teachers were hired by the Satellite schools in which they had been placed as student teachers. During interviews, all seven teachers gave credit to their clinical experiences for presenting a realistic perception of schools and teaching. There was evidence that all subjects were able to reflect on their practice, identify strengths and weaknesses, and develop action plans for correction and improvement. The novice teachers discussed a variety of problems encountered during the first year of teaching. For the most part, subjects acknowledged the value of their preservice mentors in providing support and strengthening professional skills. These teachers sought formal and informal mentor relationships during their first year of teaching. The Satellite Program was collaboratively designed by Elmhurst College faculty and faculty from the Satellite schools to improve the clinical experience component of the college's teacher education program. Interview questions used in the study are included. (Contains 22 references.) (IAH)
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, College School Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Mentors, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development Schools, Student Teaching, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teaching Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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