The Effects of E-Mentoring on Beginning Teacher Competencies and Perceptions

Nov. 01, 2013

Source: Teacher Education and Special Education, 36(4), p. 286-297, November 2013.

There is difficulty finding induction-level mentors that possess similar or the same teaching credentials or teaching assignments as mentees in the same schools or geographical regions, due to the various skill-levels of beginning special education teachers in schools and the small number of current special educators in each school who could serve as mentors.

Electronic mentoring (e-mentoring) using technology initiates solutions as e-mentoring can provide synchronous and asynchronous mentoring opportunities which increase collaboration time and reduce feelings of isolation and increases efficacy among new teachers.

This article presents the findings from research using a mixed methods design investigating novice special education teacher knowledge of professional competencies and the participant’s perceptions of effectiveness of induction-level mentoring through the pilot use of an electronic mentoring program.

Updated: Mar. 18, 2014