Search results for: Mentoring
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The purpose of this study was to contribute to and expand the scholarship on teaching and mentoring. The questions guiding this qualitative study were as follows: First, how do mentors gain their expertise? Second, what support do they need to promote their continued development? The context of this study was a teacher training academy. Data were collected from eight mentor teachers in three ways--through individual interviews, focus group interviews, and participant observation. Results indicate that mentors conceptualized their work into two distinct roles: teaching and mentoring. Recommendations are provided for developing and supporting mentors' practice.
Updated: Jul. 15, 2009
Composition Matters: Multi-Context Informal Mentoring Networks for Low-Income Urban Adolescent Girls Pursuing Healthcare Careers
This study examines the composition of informal mentoring networks utilized by low-income urban adolescent girls with healthcare college and career aspirations. 60 ethnically diverse students in their third year of secondary school were included in this study. These students participated in a survey about their future educational and career plans and the persons providing support for their future plans. Results suggest that diversely composed, or multi-context, informal mentoring networks are effective in supporting adolescents in their educational and career pursuits.
Updated: Jun. 25, 2009
This study investigates Estonian novice teachers' perspectives on relationships with mentors. It also explores experiences of mentoring and mentors' tasks during the Estonian teachers' first year of teaching. The data are based on thematic interviews with 16 novice teachers in the second half of their first year of teaching, i.e. the induction year.
Updated: Jun. 08, 2009
In this article, the authors use theories of identity to understand mentoring relationships between faculty members and doctoral students who are being prepared as educational researchers. They suggest that becoming a professional researcher requires students to negotiate new identities and reconceptualize themselves both as people and professionals in addition to learning specific skills; however, the success or marginalization that students experience may depend on the extent to which they attempt to enact identities that are valued by their mentors.
Updated: May. 25, 2009
The aim of this reflexive action inquiry was to examine the perceived authenticity (or lack thereof) of doctoral-level research methods instruction. The study's results show how and why cogenerative mentoring - as distinct from cogenerative work - goes beyond typical experiences in research methods courses, assistantships and even dissertation work.
Updated: Apr. 30, 2009
The Early Childhood Professional Mentoring Group (ECPMG) was established to develop a forum of support for recent graduates of the authors' university's Masters programs in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education. Moreover, this group was established to create a process for exploring and evaluating the ways that the university's programs are preparing professionals for practice. In order to gain insight into the process and the value of the group, throughout its 1st full academic year, the authors, as cofacilitators, conducted a 45-minute debriefing session after each monthly meeting. During these sessions, the authors reflected on the group's dynamics, topics or themes presented, and their own ways of participating, collaborating, and making meaning of the experience.
Updated: Feb. 12, 2009
This study constitutes two case studies of a professional development program for elementary teachers involving mentoring by a university professor. The study explores the nature of the mentoring relationship and reports the type of teacher learning that occurred. It particularly focuses on the teachers’ development of science pedagogical content knowledge (PCK).
Updated: Feb. 04, 2009
The authors explore how differences in cognitive complexity were related to role expectations, conceptions of teaching problems, and the use of evidence for justifying beliefs. They draw on data from a US study of nine mentors and mentees, including mentee scores on the Reasoning about Current Issues (RCI) Test, which offers a measure of cognitive complexity.
Updated: Jan. 26, 2009
This article reports the findings of a review of the international research literature on mentoring beginning teachers. Research identifies a range of potential benefits and costs associated with mentoring. It suggests that the key to maximizing the former and minimizing the latter lies in the realization of a number of conditions for successful mentoring, such as the effective selection and preparation of mentors.
Updated: Jan. 19, 2009
Some mentors while part of school communities might be seen as discharging their mentoring responsibilities in a relatively isolated manner. This study seeks to develop an understanding of how mentors operating in different phases learn to mentor and to sustain their growth as mentors and to seek to identify how they construct their 'communities of mentoring'.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2009