Induction: Fostering Development at All Stagesby Janet Draper, Jim O'Brien
Induction is a broad concept which is applicable to teachers at several career stages. The authors explore past and current findings on the early experience of teachers as they arrive in new posts. They set these experiences into the policy framework and the practice of induction within a context of changing work and career patterns under themes of changing conceptions and practices of professional development. The book draws comparisons between developments and initiatives in Scotland and other parts of the UK, and also internationally. Planned induction may be seen as an idea whose time came for beginning teachers in Scotland at the turn of the new millennium. However the future sustenance and development of induction will require continuing commitment, if it is to avoid becoming ossified within a relatively static framework for professional development. Growing emphasis on continuing professional development for teachers, especially those who elect to stay in the classroom, will make this an important reference for all those involved in the development of standards.
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