Date Approved

4-2-2004

Embargo Period

4-24-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Hurley, Dennis

Subject(s)

First year teachers--New Jersey; Mentoring in education--New Jersey; Teachers, Probationary--New Jersey

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate an induction program for first year and new teachers that included mentoring, orientation, and training. The subjects in this study were a convenience sample of fourteen new teachers at Oakcrest High School during the 2003-2004 school year. The school was located in Mays Landing, NJ and was one of two schools in the Greater Egg Harbor School District. Surveys were administered to participants both mid-year and at the conclusion of the program. Also at the end, mentor teachers were surveyed regarding their involvement. The quantitative data was analyzed using a statistical program entitled SPSS to determine frequencies and percentages. Qualitative data was reviewed extensively and evaluated for themes and trends. The program created a support network that served the personal interests of new teachers by eliminating the feeling of isolation and providing them with the skills and guidance they needed to be successful.

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