ERIC Number: ED426974
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Off to a Good Start: Report on the 1997-98 Beginning Teacher Induction Program in New Brunswick.
Scott, Neil H.
For the third consecutive year, New Brunswick's Department of Education, in cooperation with the New Brunswick Teacher Association (NBTA) and the University of New Brunswick, organized a Beginning Teacher Induction Program (BTIP) in all 12 anglophone school districts. In 1998, data were collected using surveys from beginning teachers, mentors, principals, and district coordinators. Results indicated that nearly all participants in 2-day mentor training workshops were satisfied with the training. Most respondents were satisfied with district-wide and school-level activities organized for professional development. About three-quarters of beginning teachers indicated that insufficient time created problems in the mentoring program. About 30 percent said that different teaching assignments for mentors and partners caused problems. Mentors reported similar problems. Principals and coordinators complained about confusion over funding. About 82 percent of beginning teachers believed they benefited from the BTIP, which was a drop from 96 percent in 1997. Reduced satisfaction levels apparently resulted from a combination of several factors, including significantly increased numbers of participants, reduced NBTA funding, confusion over funding arrangements, increased numbers of mismatched partners, and shortages of mentors. The report makes 13 recommendations. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Brunswick Dept. of Education, Fredericton (Canada).
Identifiers - Location: Canada