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ERIC Number: ED410220
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
PFD's for Beginning Teachers: A Report on the Teacher Induction Program in New Brunswick.
Scott, Neil H.
The Beginning Teacher Induction Program (BTIP) began in 1993 for all Anglophone school districts in New Brunswick (Canada). The goals were to improve the teaching performance of new teachers, lower their attrition rate, and improve the system of collegial support within schools. Questionnaires were developed to gather data from the participants in the 1995-96 program--156 beginning teachers (76 responses), 147 mentors (63 responses), 96 principals (52 responses), and 12 district contact persons (12 responses). The greatest amount of induction activity occurred at the local school level. The most frequent activities were meetings with mentors to discuss educational issues, visits to other schools, inservice workshops, professional development sessions, and individual preparation or unit planning. Problems included a lack of time, unclear expectations of the BTIP program, lack of proximity to partners classrooms, assigning mentors to beginning teachers with a different subject or grade assignment, and infrequent classroom observation by beginning teachers. Generally participants believed BTIP was a worthwhile program that did improve the quality of professional life for both beginning teachers and their mentors. Tables are included. (Contains 23 references.) (JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Canada