ERIC Number: EJ1021685
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Preparing Teachers for Professional Learning: Is There a Future for Teacher Education in New Teacher Induction?
Kane, Ruth G.; Francis, Andrew
Teacher Development, v17 n3 p362-379 2013
Today the quality of teachers is held to be increasingly important yet there continue to be doubts about whether teacher education programs graduate teachers ready to meet the challenges of their initial years of teaching. In some jurisdictions, other agencies (Ministries of Education, school districts, and private providers) are supplementing the work of teacher education through the introduction of new teacher induction programs which have become favoured policy initiatives to enhance new teacher transition, retention and quality. Evidence suggests that induction and mentoring increase teacher retention and ensure more effective socialisation of new teachers into the school culture. In spite of their growing popularity, the degree to which induction programs complement teacher education and/or impact new teacher professional learning remains unclear. In this paper the authors report a secondary analysis of data from an evaluation of the New Teacher Induction Program in Ontario, Canada to consider the implications for the future of teacher education by asking: What are the challenges facing new teachers? In what ways does the induction program support new teacher professional learning? What are the major implications for the future of teacher education?
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Beginning Teacher Induction, Teacher Education Programs, Foreign Countries, Program Evaluation, Mentors, Educational Practices, Instructional Design, Classroom Environment, Program Effectiveness, Longitudinal Studies, Mixed Methods Research, Questionnaires, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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