Effective Teacher Induction and Mentoring : Assessing the Evidence

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  • Copyright: 2008-12-12
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr

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A well-known authority on teacher induction programs offers the most comprehensive, up-to-date review of all recent research on the effectiveness of mentoring and induction support for new teachers. Michael Strong provides a revealing analysis of teacher induction programs and their consequences for education, teacher quality, teacher effectiveness, and teacher development. Because mentoring programs can be costly, particularly in large urban school districts with high teacher turnover rates, there is a rapidly growing body of research on program structures and their outcomes. This valuable book synthesizes the relevant research in a manner that is accessible, straightforward, and useful

Author Biography

Michael Strong is Director of Research for the New Teacher Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Setting the Scenep. 1
Support for New Teachersp. 1
Imploring Teacher Qualityp. 3
A History of Mentoring and Induction for Teachersp. 5
The Growth of Induction Programs for Teachersp. 6
Features of Major Induction Programsp. 9
Induction Programs in Other Countriesp. 16
Studies of How Mentors Work with Beginning Teachersp. 17
Assessing the Evidence: What Kinds of Mentoring and Induction are Available for Beginning Teachers?p. 19
Induction Programs and Teacher Retentionp. 20
Definitionsp. 20
Who Enters the Teaching Profession?p. 21
Who Stays, Who Moves, and Who Leaves?p. 24
Why Teachers Quitp. 27
Methodology for Examining Attrition and Retention Ratesp. 34
Approaches to Measuring the Effects of Induction Support on Teacher Retentionp. 35
Studies of How Induction and Mentoring Affect Teacher Retentionp. 36
Assessing the Evidence: Is Teacher Induction Effective in Reducing Teacher Attrition?p. 43
Induction Programs and the Development of Teaching Practicep. 45
The Importance of Teacher Qualityp. 45
What to Look Forp. 48
What Others Have Looked Forp. 50
Ways of Measuring Teaching Practicep. 51
Evidence from Psychology and Cognitive Science About Judgments of Human Behaviorp. 60
Studies of the Effects of Mentoring and Induction on Teaching Practicep. 71
Assessing the Evidence: Does Teacher Induction Affect the Development of Teaching Practice?p. 76
Induction Programs and Their Effect on Student Achievementp. 78
The Measurment of Student Achievementp. 78
Studies of the Connection Between Induction Programs and Student Achievementp. 83
Assessing the Evidence: Does Teacher Induction Affect Student Achievement?p. 88
The Costs and Benefits of Induction and Mentoring Programsp. 90
Benefit-Cost Analysisp. 90
The Costs of Attrition and Turnoverp. 94
The Costs and Benefits of a Comprehensive Induction Program for Teachersp. 97
Assessing the Evidence: Are Induction Programs Cost-Effective?p. 99
Conclusion: Assessing the Evidencep. 100
Notesp. 105
Referencesp. 121
Indexp. 143
About the Authorp. 153
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