ERIC Number: ED479640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
To Mentor or to Induct: That Is the Question.
Marshak, John; Klotz, Jack
There is an exceedingly high rate of loss of beginning teachers in the field of public education. Out of the estimated 3.1 million teaching in the United States, 11 percent, or 341,000, quit after their first year of teaching. The data also have revealed that after 2 years, another 651,000 quit and at the 5-year mark, another 1,209,000 teachers leave the profession. Taken individually, the data may not gain the attention they deserve; however, when aggregated, the numbers become staggering. This paper explores the interrelatedness of mentoring and induction programs; presents the four dominant components of a quality induction program; suggests that mentoring is not a stand-alone experience, but rather an integral component of any induction program; strongly advocates a model based upon a multiple-year concept; proposes nine varied, yet intertwined, educational themes that should be part of such programs; and concludes with a series of strategies for not only amassing data to justify the existence of such programs, but also to assess their quality. (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Chattanooga, TN, November 6-9, 2002).