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ERIC Number: ED420627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May-28
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Careful Planning or Serendipity? Promoting Well-Being through Teacher Induction.
Scott, Neil H.
Teacher induction offers emotional support to both beginning and experienced teachers. This paper examines the promotion of personal and professional well-being in beginning teachers and their experienced mentors through induction programs. Information comes from the Beginning Teacher Induction Program (BTIP) in New Brunswick, Canada. The program, which involves collaboration between the Department of Education, the teachers' association, and the University of New Brunswick, matches beginning teachers in each school with experienced mentor teachers for 1 year. Mentors receive 2 days of inservice training prior to the experience. Near the end of 1996 and 1997, beginning teachers and mentors who participated in the BTIP completed mailed questionnaires that examined support in the areas of system information, resources/material, instruction, emotional wellbeing, management, environment, and demonstration teaching. Emotional support ranked fourth in importance for new-to-system teachers and second for first-year teachers, but both groups asked for more emotional support. The main obstacle for teachers in both years of the program was lack of time, followed by unclear expectations of the BTIP. Despite any problems, both groups unanimously recommended continuation of the program. Most beginning teachers believed that the BTIP was beneficial because it eased anxieties and promoted personal well-being. Most mentors indicated they would act as mentors again and spoke highly of the mutual benefits of the partnership. (Contains 4 tables and 8 references.) (SM)
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