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ERIC Number: EJ1048175
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1359-866X
Induction Seminars as Professional Learning Communities for Beginning Teachers
Fresko, Barbara; Nasser-Abu Alhija, Fadia
Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, v43 n1 p36-48 2015
This paper explores the operation and contribution of induction seminars operated as learning communities for new teachers. Mixed methods were used: 378 new teachers and 29 seminar leaders completed questionnaires, 16 new teachers and 14 seminar leaders were interviewed, and 20 seminar meetings were observed. Findings showed that seminar discussions focused primarily on coping with discipline problems, building self-confidence, and developing a professional identity. The main contribution of the seminars was emotional support provided in a non-threatening environment. Findings imply that seminars can be a significant supplement to in-school mentoring for the professional development and adjustment of new teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel