Moving on: Beginning again. Transitions between schools and Colleges of Education

Year: 2002

Author: Russell, Barbara

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This research study examines the perceptions twenty-five mentor teachers involved in the processes of transition when moving from schools to lecturing in a College of Education. A qualitative research methodology based on semi-structured interviews is employed to generate data for analysis.

The aim of the study is to explore the nature and quality of induction practices being offered to neophyte teachers at the tertiary level within the context of a College of Education. The study investigates the extent to which the teachers' perceptions and expectations have prepared them for their new roles and responsibilities. It considers the support systems and structures provided by the institution and it comments on the factors responsible for their perceived success, or otherwise. Recommendations for improving transitions within and between institutions are suggested.