Source: Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, Volume 43, Issue 1, 2015, pages 36-48
This article explores the operation and contribution of induction seminars operated as learning communities for new teachers.
Mixed methods were used: 378 new teachers and 29 seminar leaders completed questionnaires, 16 new teachers and 14 seminar leaders were interviewed, and 20 seminar meetings were observed.
Findings showed that seminar discussions focused primarily on coping with discipline problems, building self-confidence, and developing a professional identity.
The main contribution of the seminars was emotional support provided in a non-threatening environment.
Findings imply that seminars can be a significant supplement to in-school mentoring for the professional development and adjustment of new teachers.