ERIC Number: ED450081
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Building a Strong Foundation for Teaching: The Fifth Annual Report of the Beginning Teacher Induction Program in New Brunswick.
Scott, Neil H.
This report describes the reactions of beginning teachers, mentors, principals, and district coordinators in 12 New Brunswick, Canada, school districts to a teacher induction program that paired beginning teachers with experienced mentor teachers over one school year. Questionnaires were sent to each of the four groups. All four groups strongly endorsed the continuation of the program. Most beginning teachers and mentors believed that they personally benefited from their involvement. Lack of time to participate in activities and being mismatched with mentors were two common problems reported by beginners and mentors. Four areas in which mentors noted the program benefited them were: friendship, motivation, personal satisfaction, and professional growth and development. Principals unanimously supported continuation of the program. Most principals had reasonable knowledge of the program and were moderately involved. Nearly all district coordinators perceived strong support from the Department of Education and school principals, and all recommended program continuation. Recommendations regarding the program include: continue using current guidelines and features which have proven successful; district coordinators should provide training for mentors who encounter dysfunctional partners or make them aware of the availability of guidance; and the Steering Committee should assure methods to share the expertise of district coordinators. (Contains 10 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Brunswick Dept. of Education, Fredericton (Canada).
Authoring Institution: New Brunswick Univ., Saint John.
Identifiers - Location: Canada