ERIC Number: EJ817815
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
Teacher Induction across the Pacific: A Comparative Study of Canada and Japan
Howe, Edward R.
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, v34 n4 p333-346 Nov 2008
This paper compares and evaluates teacher induction in Canada and Japan, following an overview of each educational system and an assessment of higher education in each region. Based on the author's personal teaching experience and research, suggestions for educational reforms are made to enhance the role of teachers. Teachers need opportunities to learn from one another and to benefit from the accumulated wisdom of generations of skilled practitioners. Moreover, teachers need time for collaboration, planning and reflection. Canada's strengths lie in well-developed pre-service teaching programmes. However, graduates are left to "sink or swim" in their critical first year of teaching. In contrast, Japan's comprehensive yearlong internship offers an effective apprenticeship induction model with an emphasis on assistance rather than assessment.
Descriptors: Teacher Orientation, Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Teaching Experience, Teaching Methods, Higher Education, Educational Change, Preservice Teacher Education, Apprenticeships, Internship Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; Japan