ERIC Number: ED407364
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
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Dodging Bullets and BMWs: Two Tales of Teacher Induction.
Shepston, Therese J. Kiley; Jensen, Rita A.
Enroute to exploring the role which school culture plays in the teacher induction process, this study compared and contrasted the induction experiences of two exemplary beginning teachers, one an early childhood special educator in an urban setting and the other an elementary educator in a suburban setting. The teachers confronted the same problems and challenges, but within two widely disparate school cultures that reside on opposite ends of the continuum. While both teachers had to deal with curriculum dilemmas, the themes that emerged from their journals, their observations, their comments, and their affective responses could be categorized as relating to politics, personnel, and parents. The three components of culture, conflict, and communication created a context for reflection on those emerging themes. This study seemed to support the conclusion that novice teachers who have direct and continuing access to teacher educators can gradually realize their visions. It was concluded that the ability to understand one's organization, how to effect change in that organization, and how people within that organization is an essential component of preservice and inservice teacher education. (Contains 32 references.) (Author/ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).