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ERIC Number: ED481331
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Pathway to Survival--A New Teacher Induction Initiative.
Osgood, Virginia M.; Self, Mary Jo
Teachers in career and technical settings are often recruited directly from industry with little or no pedagogical training, which can result in job dissatisfaction and teachers leaving the profession. As a response to the lack of retention and success of new career and technical teachers, a statewide committee was formed in Oklahoma in 1996 to design a system to integrate and align the activities of various stakeholders and provide a high-performance, professional development system for career and technical teachers. A new teacher induction system was implemented in the state's technology centers during the academic year 2000-2001, and an evaluation based on data gathered during the second year of the system's implementation indicated that the system provided a positive experience for all new teachers involved. Surveys were sent to participants in 48 induction teams across 29 different technology centers (response rate of 70%) and 64 face-to-face interviews were conducted. Specific recommendations include the following: (1) increase awareness of mentor training and related financial issues; (2) increase knowledge of team members' roles and responsibilities and improve communication between them; (3) select better mentors part of which would involve the state agency developing a list of content mentors; and (4) school and technology centers should make firm commitments concerning their responsibilities to new teachers and be honest about their expectations of them. (Contains 16 references.) (MO)
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: Oklahoma