ERIC Number: ED463280
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct-1
Reference Count: N/A
Mentoring New Teachers: A Report on the 2001 Beginning Teacher Induction Program in New Brunswick.
Scott, Neil H.
For the sixth consecutive year, the New Brunswick Department of Education, New Brunswick Teachers' Association, and University of New Brunswick organized the Beginning Teacher Induction Program (BTIP) in 12 Anglophone school districts. Beginning teachers were paired with experienced teachers who mentored them throughout the year. This report presents data from surveys of beginning teachers, mentors, principals, and district coordinators. Over half of the beginning teachers were recent university graduates. Nine district coordinators took on the job of recruiting competent mentors. Workshops for beginning teachers and mentors were organized in every district. Participation rates in low-risk activities (e.g., lesson planning and sharing resources) were similar to previous years (generally 93 to 99 percent). Participation rates in higher-risk activities (e.g., classroom observations and providing feedback) were slightly lower than in the year 2000, which were slightly lower than they were in 1999. All four participant groups strongly recommended continuing the BTIP. Mentors believed the Program benefited them professionally and personally. The report notes subtle signs of erosion in participants' levels of program satisfaction. Recommendations include: increased funding for the BTIP, careful scrutiny of which new teachers are invited to participate in the BTIP, and regular meetings between district coordinators and principals. (Contains 11 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Brunswick Dept. of Education, Fredericton (Canada).
Authoring Institution: New Brunswick Univ., Saint John.
Identifiers - Location: Canada