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ERIC Number: EJ788965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1498
Successful Career Transitions: Lessons from Urban Alternate Route Teachers Who Stayed
Jorissen, Kathleen Topolka
High School Journal, v86 n3 p41-51 Feb-Mar 2003
Mindful of the current difficulty and challenge in retaining new teachers, particularly in urban schools, this study examines data from a 1997 qualitative investigation of 6 Black sixth-year teachers in 2 Midwestern urban school districts regarding their views of their alternate route preparation program in order to identify features of effective alternate route models that might improve teacher retention. The findings indicate that the program assisted them in successfully making a transition from other careers into teaching. Program structures and relationships that enabled the teachers to develop competence and identity included effective instruction in content and pedagogy and the development of close professional relationships with their mentors and with other members of their cohort. The findings imply the importance of addressing the developmental needs of individuals undertaking career transitions into teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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