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Possibilities for connecting pre-service and induction phases of teacher education

Ritchie, S.M. (2007) Possibilities for connecting pre-service and induction phases of teacher education. In: Guo, C-J, (ed.) Becoming a Science Teacher: From Mentoring to Professional Development. Psychological Publishing Co. Ltd, Taipei, Taiwan, pp. 343-358.


In the absence of a seamless continuum from pre-service teacher preparation to teacher induction, I explore the potential power of sustaining conversations between university-based teacher educators and their recent graduates during the beginning years of their teaching careers. In this paper, I foreground a study I conducted with three of my former student teachers during the induction phase of their teaching careers in which I established and maintained a support network that focused on a shared interest in teaching with analogies. I discuss the benefits realized by the beginning teachers' participation in the network involving sharing stories of their practice electronically and face-to-face. Based on these outcomes, I consider other possibilities for teacher-induction initiatives.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Psychological Publishing Co. Ltd
Copyright: 2007 Psychological Publishing Co. Ltd
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