ERIC Number: ED465746
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
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Beginning Teachers Take Flight: A Qualitative Study of Socialization.
Angelle, Pamela S.
This qualitative study examined the socialization experiences of novice Louisiana middle school teachers. With the middle school as the unit of analysis, it used the aeronautical metaphor to describe schools as organizations where new teachers' initial flight into teaching occurred. Data collection involved interviews with principals, mentors, and new teachers and classroom observations of new teachers. Data analysis indicated that four-year preservice university programs were not adequately preparing student teachers for the realities of the classroom or providing them with necessary classroom techniques. The gap between theory and practice was not adequately bridged by university professors or student teaching programs. The study also found that interdisciplinary teaming, when implemented to increase professional and collegial development, could substantially help new teachers during the socialization process. Schools across contexts which implemented teaming received some benefit, regardless of how the concept was viewed. Effective teacher socialization was the result of processes within the school, rather than the result of its individual components. The paper presents recommendations for research, policy, and practice. (Contains references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana