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Mentoring from the Outside: The Role of a Peer Mentoring Community in the Development of Early Career Education Faculty
In this article, the authors draw on a community of practice perspective to examine and understand the complex and emerging nature of an informal peer mentoring community composed of beginning education faculty members from different institutions. The authors conclude that the goal in this paper is to describe an alternative form of mentoring based on a community of practice. The structure of the group is influenced dually by the individuals in the group and the external circumstances. As faculty members become more diverse, alternative methods of mentoring are needed to support smooth transitions for new faculty and to support existing faculty as they undergo transitions later in their careers.
Updated: Jan. 01, 2017
This study examines the evolution of one novice’s teacher’s informal virtual mentoring network to determine if characteristics of traditional mentoring networks and relationships mirror characteristics of a Twitter mentoring network. Results indicate that the novice teacher’s network was used primarily to seek information from other professionals, since her two primary informal mentors were secondary mathematics teachers. Novice teachers typically have more information needs than more experienced teachers and would likely need to ask more questions and have fewer resources to share than experienced teachers. Furthermore, the frequency of interactions decreased over time despite the potential ease of posting to Twitter.
Updated: Feb. 15, 2015