Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Perceptions of School Administrators Regarding the Benefits of Teacher Induction Programs
by Baker, Robert L., Ed.D., Lindenwood University, 2016, 129; 10241944
Abstract (Summary)

As rates of teacher attrition continue to increase across the United States, school districts are trying to determine effective methods of retaining quality teachers for their classrooms (Ingersoll, 2012). Comprehensive teacher induction programs have shown to decrease rates of teacher attrition when implemented over a multiple-year span (Goldrick, 2016). This has created the need for school districts to determine if the costs associated with the implementation of comprehensive teacher induction programs are worthwhile investments. This study involved an examination of the perceptions of Missouri superintendents and/or human resources designees and secondary school principals regarding the benefits of comprehensive teacher induction programs and the role played by secondary school principals in those programs. Interview responses were collected and analyzed using coding methods to identify common phrases, key words, and themes. The findings of this study revealed the administrators believe teacher induction programs are beneficial in terms of reducing teacher attrition and establishing a collaborative culture for school districts. Furthermore, the administrators agreed secondary school principals have assumed a greater role in teacher induction than in years past. Although research exists defining comprehensive teacher induction and the most effective components of such programs, there still exists a discrepancy among school districts as to how new teachers are supported. School superintendents, school boards, and state policymakers should be prepared to evaluate the teacher induction programs across the state to determine the breadth of this disparity and to make attempts to narrow these discrepancies as a way to provide high quality instruction in all school districts.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fransen, Shelly
Commitee: DeVore, Sherry, Humble, Danny
School: Lindenwood University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 78/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, School administration, Secondary education
Keywords: Teacher attrition, Teacher induction programs
Publication Number: 10241944
ISBN: 9781369358476
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