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ERIC Number: ED428056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb-25
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing the Success of First Year Teachers: A Synthesis of Three Studies.
Breeding, MaLesa; Whitworth, Jerry
This report presents the results of three studies on beginning teacher needs and support. The first study investigated what one beginning teacher and her mentor talked about in scheduled talk sessions. Audiotapes of the talk sessions and interviews with the teacher and her mentor uncovered how the beginning teacher perceived teaching and herself as a teacher through talks with her mentor. The four prominent issues that emerged as discussion topics were strategy sharing, facilities, classroom discipline, and fear of appearing incompetent. The second study described Project PRIME (Preparing, Recruiting, and Retaining Teachers for Inclusive, Multicultural Environments). The project was designed to increase the number of well-prepared special education teachers in Texas. This study focused on the project's goal of reducing special education teacher attrition by developing a model for professional support. The third study investigated teacher characteristics that were important for success in various types of school districts. Surveys of school personnel officials throughout Texas indicated that there were certain characteristics which could increase the success of new teachers (being child-centered, able to motivate students, consistent, and empathetic). Other characteristics of successful teachers included teamsmanship, willingness to serve, cooperativeness, good interpersonal skills, and flexibility. (Each study contains references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas