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ERIC Number: EJ821195
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1361-1267
Characteristics of Support for Beginning Teachers: Evidence from the New Teacher Induction Scheme in Scotland
O'Brien, Jim; Christie, Fiona
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v13 n2 p189-203 Aug 2005
The Teacher Induction Scheme, introduced in Scotland in August 2002, guarantees beginning teachers a year's structured support from a more experienced colleague, a reduced timetable and opportunities for professional development. This article places the Scheme in the wider context of recent policy developments in Scotland and reports on research carried out into the early implementation of the Scheme. The personal and professional characteristics sought by the probationers in their supporters and suggested by the supporters themselves are analysed both in terms of the literature on mentoring and of the guidelines accompanying the Scheme. The structures set up in schools to support beginning teachers are also described. The implications of the data are discussed and proposals made for the development of a more extended model of mentoring in Scotland than the one currently in operation. (Contains 1 note, 2 tables, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)