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ERIC Number: ED520342
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
Induction Programs for the Support and Development of Beginning Teachers of Science. National Science Teachers Association Position Statement
National Science Teachers Association (NJ1)
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) recommends that schools and teacher preparation programs provide new teachers of science with comprehensive induction programs. Research suggests these programs should address specifics for teachers of science, involve trained mentors, provide adequate time to support continual learning of new teachers of science, and support teachers during their induction period, defined as the first two to three years of teaching. Induction programs not only provide new teachers with the support they need during the critically important early years of teaching, these programs can set practices and beliefs that last throughout a teacher's career (Luft, Roehrig, and Patterson 2003). NSTA supports the development of science-specific induction programs with a strong mentoring component for all preK-12 new teachers of science. Such a program focuses on the content of science, science teaching, and includes a robust mentoring component. The science-specific programs described in this paper are structured and comprehensive and identify goals and desired outcomes.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)