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Effective Teacher Induction and Mentoring: Assessing the Evidence

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Effective Teacher Induction and Mentoring: Assessing the Evidence

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780807749333
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 01/12/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Richard Ingersoll

Foreword Richard Ingersoll ix

Preface xi

Chapter 1 Setting the Scene 1

Support for New Teachers 1

Imploring Teacher Quality 3

Chapter 2 A History of Mentoring and Induction for Teachers 5

The Growth of Induction Programs for Teachers 6

Features of Major Induction Programs 9

Induction Programs in Other Countries 16

Studies of How Mentors Work with Beginning Teachers 17

Assessing the Evidence: What Kinds of Mentoring and Induction are Available for Beginning Teachers? 19

Chapter 3 Induction Programs and Teacher Retention 20

Definitions 20

Who Enters the Teaching Profession? 21

Who Stays, Who Moves, and Who Leaves? 24

Why Teachers Quit 27

Methodology for Examining Attrition and Retention Rates 34

Approaches to Measuring the Effects of Induction Support on Teacher Retention 35

Studies of How Induction and Mentoring Affect Teacher Retention 36

Assessing the Evidence: Is Teacher Induction Effective in Reducing Teacher Attrition? 43

Chapter 4 Induction Programs and the Development of Teaching Practice 45

The Importance of Teacher Quality 45

What to Look For 48

What Others Have Looked For 50

Ways of Measuring Teaching Practice 51

Evidence from Psychology and Cognitive Science About Judgments of Human Behavior 60

Studies of the Effects of Mentoring and Induction on Teaching Practice 71

Assessing the Evidence: Does Teacher Induction Affect the Development of Teaching Practice? 76

Chapter 5 Induction Programs and Their Effect on Student Achievement 78

The Measurment of Student Achievement 78

Studies of the Connection Between Induction Programs and Student Achievement 83

Assessing the Evidence:Does Teacher Induction Affect Student Achievement? 88

Chapter 6 The Costs and Benefits of Induction and Mentoring Programs 90

Benefit-Cost Analysis 90

The Costs of Attrition and Turnover 94

The Costs and Benefits of a Comprehensive Induction Program for Teachers 97

Assessing the Evidence: Are Induction Programs Cost-Effective? 99

Chapter 7 Conclusion: Assessing the Evidence 100

Notes 105

References 121

Index 143

About the Author 153

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