Section archive - Mentoring & Supervision
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Interviews with outstanding cooperating teachers focused on exploring their belief on teacher vision, and what makes a good teacher. The teachers revealed a strong sense of why they teach and shared goals around several themes. They also maintained that reflection is key to developing a vision of education. Teacher education programs can support these teachers' views of quality education by developing conceptual frameworks that foster reflection and the development of a vision for education, particularly in the student teaching experience.
Updated: Dec. 27, 2007
This report investigates mentoring from the perspectives of 7 experienced secondary public school teachers from four different school districts in Oklahoma.The experienced teachers benefited from the mentoring process and their mentoring experiences in two important areas. At the professional level, the teachers gained a sense of self as professional educators. At the personal level, these teachers identified mentoring as a process that worked in almost any situation; in addition, they recognized that conversing about concerns with a knowledgeable colleague was a workable solution for solving issues. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.
Updated: Dec. 17, 2007
Cultural competency was studied in this article which examined two major questions: Can a 15-month graduate level intensive alternative licensing program and field experience provide preservice teachers with the knowledge and dispositions to teach in culturally competent ways? Is it possible for a teacher preparation institution, through an alternative education program, to provide culturally competent teachers? The qualitative and quantitative results of the study demonstrated that students do perceive that they have attained the knowledge and the experience to interact appropriately with culturally diverse populations. The article describes the critical need for teachers, and the challenges faced by the mostly white middle-class teachers' population. Those challenges of recruitment, retention and nurturing have led to alternative teacher preparation programs that address the current multicultural and demographically diverse students. The author advocates exploring the influence of experience on practice in classrooms where there is an increasingly diverse student population.
Updated: Dec. 17, 2007