The purpose of this study was to collect information about the conditions, opportunities, problems and needs of teachers at the beginning of their career and to assist in the development of services to them. National Survey of Teachers in Their First Year of Service, 1966-1967 (SN:66031,66032,66033,67032,67033) This group of surveys serves both as a demographic study of probationary teachers and as a longitudinal study in which characteristics of the teachers at the beginning and at the end of the year were related to each other and to characteristics of the school and of the employing authority. It covers seven main areas: probationary background and training; their distribution; appointment and placement; in-service guidance; probationers in the classroom; in the school community; outside school; and career intentions. Arising from findings of this group of surveys, a further research and development project was undertaken by the University of Bristol to investigate the needs, problems, and advantages associated with the mounting of in-service courses for probationers. The data from this project are held as SN:14 Probationary Teachers, 1968-1969 and SN:15 Probationary Teachers, 1969-1970.The phasing of the enquiry followed the timetable: Spring 1966: Survey of Directors of Education in the 162 LEA's in England and Wales (SN:66031) June 1966: Survey of Head Teachers (SN:66032) Sept 1966: First survey of probationers (SN:66033) March 1967: Oral interviews with sub-sample of probationers (SN:67032) May 1967: Follow-up questionnaire to probationers who responded to first questionnaire (SN:67033) SN:14 includes two questionnaires (A1 and B1) distributed to probationers in one rural and three urban areas in July 1969. These probationers had completed their probationary year and had experienced only traditional forms of in-service guidance; they formed a control group for the project.SN:15 includes nine questionnaires, distributed between September 1969 and July 1970 in conjunction with a series of project-organized induction courses and discussion meetings.
Taylor, J.K., University of Bristol. School of Education. Research Unit