Section archive - Mentoring & Supervision
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Developing Professional Identities through Participation Within a Hybrid Community of Practice: Illustrating the Front-Line Experiences of Four Pre-K Mentor–Teachers
The purpose of this article is to describe a case study explored how a hybrid community of practice comprised of four pre-K mentors and a university program coordinator supported the development of new understandings about how to effectively supervise preservice teachers. The mentor discovered that participating in a community of practice contributed to changes in their thinking not only about their current mentoring situations, but also about guiding novice teachers as a professional calling. Furthermore, they began this study with preconceived notions of what it meant to be mentors that were somewhat black and white. However, they left feeling overwhelmed by the knowledge that mentoring is a complex act characterized by dual responsibilities of being teacher educators and early childhood teachers.
Updated: Mar. 15, 2015
How Different Mentoring Approaches Affect Beginning Teachers’ Development in the First Years of Practice
The purpose of this study is to examine whether quality and frequency of mentoring predict beginning teachers’ development of professional competence and well-being in the first two years of their career. Findings indicate that the quality of mentoring rather than its frequency explains a successful career start. Additionally, beginning teachers who experience constructivist mentoring show higher levels of efficacy, teaching enthusiasm, and job satisfaction. Constructivist mentoring also reduces emotional exhaustion after one year of training compared to teachers without constructivist mentoring.
Updated: Mar. 02, 2015
This review summarizes 20 published studies on undergraduate mentoring programs from 2008 to 2012. The results indicate minimal progress has been made in these three areas. However, every study included the functions of mentoring, and most studies were guided by a theory or a conceptual framework. Finally, information on primary mentoring program components, another dimension not previously examined, was absent in 75% of studies, making replication difficult.
Updated: Feb. 17, 2015
This study investigated the differences between trained Clinical Faculty (CF) and untrained cooperating teachers (CTs) in terms of their sense of self-efficacy for mentoring student teachers; ratings of student teachers’ performance; new teachers’ perceived competence; and new teachers’ perceived impact on K-12 student learning and development. The findings reveal that trained Clinical Faculty tended to have greater self-efficacy for mentoring. The findings showed that greater accuracy in assessing student teacher performance may result in stronger actual performance of student teachers placed with CF as compared to those placed with untrained CTs, as evidenced by comparably higher evaluations by university supervisors.
Updated: Feb. 10, 2015
The Genesis of Mentors’ Professional and Personal Knowledge about Teaching: Perspectives from the Republic of Ireland
This paper investigates the sources of mentors’ knowledge about teaching. The findings reveal that mentors’ knowledge about teaching is practice orientated and emerges from their professional experiences, their teaching skills, their pre-service teacher education and from their own personal experiences. The authors suggest that mentors require support to reflect on their early socialisation experiences and their attachment to practice-based experience as a source of professional knowledge, in this way they can better understand and carry out their role as mentors.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2015
Mentoring of New Teachers as a Contested Practice: Supervision, Support and Collaborative Self-development
This article aims to examine contested practices of mentoring of newly qualified teachers within and between New South Wales in Australia, Finland and Sweden. The meta-analysis revealed three main archetypes of mentoring: mentoring as supervision, mentoring as support, and mentoring as collaborative self-development. These three different views of mentoring are found in Australia, Sweden and Finland. The authors suggested that these three different archetypes of mentoring form very different dispositions in mentees and mentors.
Updated: Jan. 18, 2015
Feedback Consistencies and Inconsistencies: Eight Mentors’ Observations on One Preservice Teacher’s Lesson
The purpose of this case study was to examine the providing oral feedback in a simulated mentor–mentee discussion. Findings showed that mentors’ feedback was variable in both their positive feedback and constructive criticisms and, in one case, the feedback was contrasting in nature.
Updated: Jan. 15, 2015
Leveraging Data Sampling and Practical Knowledge: Field Instructors’ Perceptions About Inter-Rater Reliability Data
This study examined the attitudes of field instructors regarding inter-rater reliability analyses. The authors analyzed the discussions of the university-based field instructors about what accounted for varying correlations. Qualitative data analysis found that 7 field instructors assumed divergent scores indicate weakness in evaluation processes and posited conflicting root causes.
Updated: Dec. 23, 2014
In this article, the authors use recent empirical research into the school-based mentoring of student teachers to describe three conceptions of mentor teacher roles and responsibilities. The article describes the following roles that include a consideration of the mentor teacher as (1) instructional coach, (2) emotional support system, and (3) socializing agent.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2014
The purpose of this study was to identify the supervision styles and types of discourse used when addressing or failing to address the three specific problems. The findings suggest that student teachers and supervisors do not use critical discourse to capitalize on opportunities to develop adaptive teaching expertise. The author used three problems - (1) unquestioned familiarity, (2) dual purposes, and (3) context- as a framework to learn how university-based supervisors helped student teachers engage in conversations around these common experience-based problems.
Updated: Dec. 07, 2014