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Preparing high quality teachers is important for solving the problem of teacher attrition. Attrition occurs earlier and with more frequency in teaching than in any other field. Higher quality teachers, who are better prepared to handle the realities of the classroom and perceive greater levels of efficacy, are more likely to remain in the field. This qualitative study explored five novice teachers' perceptions of the roles their preparation and induction programs played in developing their content knowledge, skills, dispositions, and efficacy. Findings highlight the importance of linking coursework to practice, training in planning and reflection, and collaborating with veteran teachers.

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