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ERIC Number: ED452189
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan-10
Pages: 44
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Beginning Teaching in Jamaica: Challenges and Assistance.
Ganser, Tom
This research project explored the perceptions of school teachers, principals, and college lecturers regarding the challenges, obstacles, and needs faced by beginning teachers in Jamaica, West Indies, and the sources of assistance and support available to them. Interviews with participants indicated that teachers and principals were most challenged by instructional factors, while lecturers were challenged by workplace factors. Teachers emphasized two challenge elements: classroom management and lack of resources. Principals considered lack of dedication to work, weakness in planning, and negative relationships with other key stakeholders the most important challenges. Lecturers' challenges overlapped with those of teachers and principals. All three groups considered people the most important source of assistance and schools as organizations and miscellaneous sources as the least important sources of assistance in solving their problems. Teachers found co-workers particularly helpful, while principals found Ministry of Education workshops and inservice staff development helpful. Again, lecturers' opinions overlapped with those of teachers and principals. (Contains 14 tables.) (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: Jamaica