ERIC Number: EJ886008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Reference Count: 29
A Summary of Research for Educational Leaders on the Induction of Beginning Special Educators
Griffin, Cynthia C.
Journal of Special Education Leadership, v23 n1 p14-20 Mar 2010
As the percentage of teachers participating in induction programs has increased over the past two decades and new state and federal mandates have been enacted to improve the quality of the teacher workforce, published literature on teacher induction and mentoring has grown. Despite an increasing research base, the current research has been described as fragmented, lacking a cohesive conceptual framework, and containing numerous methodological "limitations that are liable to compromise the implications one is able to draw." This article presents twenty induction research studies which provide information about formal and informal induction supports in special education, including the content and frequency of mentoring, the proximity and characteristics of special education mentors and other professionals who provide induction support, and evaluation considerations. Some of these studies relate induction and mentoring to special education teacher satisfaction with mentoring, intent to stay in teaching, and self-perceptions of effectiveness. Implications for districts interested in improving their induction and mentoring programs are discussed.
Descriptors: Mentors, Special Education Teachers, Special Education, Beginning Teacher Induction, Educational Research, Research Problems, Literature Reviews, Meta Analysis, Teacher Characteristics, Coaching (Performance), Program Content, Program Evaluation, Proximity, Incidence
Council of Administrators of Special Education. Fort Valley State University, 1005 State University Drive, Fort Valley, GA 31030. Tel: 478-825-7667; Fax: 478-825-7811; Web site: http://www.casecec.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A