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ERIC Number: ED537348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 136
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2671-5707-2
Creating a Shared Culture: Assessing Induction Programs in Ignatian Identity for the Formation of New Teachers in Jesuit Secondary Schools
Rebore, Ronald W., Jr.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Saint Louis University
There has been a significant decline in the amount of priests and brothers who live and work at Jesuit secondary schools in the United States. The presence of Jesuits in the schools shaped the Ignatian identity of the schools' cultures. The Jesuit order, the Jesuit Secondary Education Association (JSEA), and the high schools have recognized that lay men and women have and will have an important role in the future for maintaining the Ignatian identity of the schools as the Jesuit population declines. Since the 1980s, staff development/professional development has gained importance in education institutions for introducing novice teachers, and experienced teachers new to the schools, to the cultures of the institutions. Induction programs vary from institution to institution, public to private, in design, and in content. Recently, in Jesuit high schools, in the Missouri Province in the United States, many of the schools have developed lengthy new teacher faculty formation programs designed to introduce the employees to the nuts-and-bolts of teaching in the Jesuit high school, as well as educating the teachers on characteristics of Jesuit education that can be labeled as "Ignatian." The schools have invested resources into these programs in an effort to educate the participants into the institutions' cultures. The study was undertaken to answer the research question: Do faculty members, new to Jesuit high schools, who have participated in induction programs, have a shared Ignatian culture? Twenty-seven participants from five Jesuit high schools in the Missouri Province were interviewed. The study employed a quasi-realist ethnographic approach for interviewing participants, analyzing the transcribed interviews, understanding the data, and drawing conclusions. Three themes emerged from the data which were work, community, and vocation resulting in the conclusion that the teachers who participated in the induction programs, in the five schools, shared a common experience within the context of an Ignatian culture. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri