ERIC Number: ED415212
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Beginning Teacher Induction Program in New Brunswick, 1996-97 Report.
Scott, Neil H.
This report describes the Beginning Teacher Induction Program (BTIP) in 12 New Brunswick anglophone school districts during 1996-1997. Data come from beginning teachers, mentors, principals and district coordinators who participated in the BTIP and completed a survey. Half of the mentors attended a mentor training workshop, an increase from the previous year, and they considered it valuable. Eleven districts held orientations for beginning teachers and mentors, which participants found useful. School level induction activities included regular informational contacts, discussions of strategies, resource sharing, and observations in other classrooms. Participation rates in local activities were higher than the previous year. Over half of the respondents noted a shortage of time to meet and accomplish planned activities. Different teaching assignments, grades, or subjects created problems for 22 percent of the participants. Several district coordinators and principals felt they should better inform school administrators about the BTIP and the needs of its participants. Most beginning teachers agreed that the BTIP had benefitted them as new teachers, and all participants agreed that the BTIP should continue. Results indicate significant improvement in the presentation and delivery of the BTIP at the provincial, district, and local level. Despite certain problems, the program is highly regarded for the support it provides to new teachers and for the opportunities for professional development of mentor teachers. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Brunswick Dept. of Education, Fredericton (Canada).
Identifiers - Location: Canada