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Individual novice teacher needs and professional development: An evaluation of a well-respected induction program


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In an attempt to gain an understanding of how one well-respected school district met the individual needs of their novice teachers, this thesis examined, from multiple perspectives, the experiences of thirty-seven beginning and mentor teachers, site-level administrators, and curriculum specialists who took part in the new teacher induction program. Participating novice teachers reported 25 different needs and discussed receiving support at various levels. Because novices experience induction and teaching differently, based on their own understandings, experiences, abilities, and needs, meeting individual novice teacher needs became an informal process within induction. Individual new teacher needs were mainly met through mentoring and curriculum teacher support; whereas, the formal induction program, moving toward a standardized process of support, served to meet the common needs of beginning teachers. The implications associated with this study note that support, survival, consistency, and agency were key features to meeting and differentiating support for novice teacher needs within new teacher induction.

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Subject
School administration;
Curricula;
Teaching
Classification
0514: School administration
0727: Curricula
0727: Teaching
Identifier / keyword
Education; Mentoring; Novice teacher; Professional development; Teacher induction
Title
Individual novice teacher needs and professional development: An evaluation of a well-respected induction program
Author
Hankin, Deborah S.
Number of pages
227
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0176
Source
DAI-A 68/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Nolan, James F., Jr.
University/institution
The Pennsylvania State University
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3248348
ProQuest document ID
305246673
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305246673
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