This anthology on teacher induction research is intended for researchers, policy makers, and practitioners in the field of teacher induction both nationally and internationally. This book is the final and major project of the Association of Teacher Educators' (ATE) Commission on Teacher Induction and Mentoring. Its importance is derived from three sources: (1) careful conceptualization of teacher induction from historical, methodological, and international perspectives; (2) systematic reviews of research literature relevant to various aspects of teacher induction including its social, cultural, and political contexts, program components and forms, and the range of its effects; (3) substantial empirical studies on the important issues of teacher induction with different kinds of methodologies that exemplify future directions and approaches to the research in teacher induction. The content of the book has direct implications for ATE's membership since part of the ATE mission is to provide opportunities for personal and professional growth of the Association membership whether members are researchers, policy makers, or practitioners in teacher learning and/or teacher induction.
Past, Present, and Future Research on Teacher Induction addresses directly and unapologetically the impact of mentored learning upon professional development of teachers. Written by some of the leading researchers on mentoring and teacher induction, the collection of chapters starts by establishing underlying concepts and contexts of teacher induction, proceeds to a discussion on components and impacts of well-developed mentoring and induction programs, and ends with compelling research-based examples of the effects that mentoring has upon both faculty performance and student achievement. Effectively combining theory and application, the book is a must-have resource for teacher educators, P 12 teachers and administrators, policy makers, and anyone else committed to developing effective teacher induction programs.--Annette D. Digby, vice president for academic affairs and provost, Lincoln University; 2009?2010 president of the Association of Teacher Educators