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ERIC Number: EJ793826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0256-8543
The Effects of Mentoring/Induction Support on Beginning Teachers' Practices in Early Elementary Classrooms (K-3)
Davis, Barbara; Higdon, Kimberly
Journal of Research in Childhood Education, v22 n3 p261 Spr 2008
This mixed-method study examined the effects of a school/university induction partnership on the instructional practices of two groups of beginning teachers in early elementary classrooms. Additionally, it investigated the types of support provided to beginning teachers and determined their retention rates after one year in the profession. The participants (N = 10) were first-year teachers who all graduated from the same teacher preparation program. One group (n = 5) participated in the school/university program and also received induction support from their districts. The other group (n = 5) received only the mentoring/induction support provided by their districts. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected. An analysis of the quantitative data revealed greater growth in classroom practices for the program participants. In addition, survey results indicated that program participants received more frequent assistance from mentors than non-participants. All of the participants returned to teaching for a second year. The qualitative analysis provided greater insight into specific ways the classroom practices and mentor assistance differed between the two groups. Overall, the results suggest that school/university induction partnerships may contribute to the development of teacher effectiveness during the first year of teaching. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A