ERIC Number: ED334162
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-5
Reference Count: 0
Mentor Accountability: Acting in Accordance with Established Standards.
One aspect of teacher induction that has been given inadequate attention in relation to its importance is the issue of mentor accountability. Using data from the 1989-1990 school year, this study investigated the degree to which mentors acted in accordance with standards set out by the Connecticut State Department of Education. Two research questions were addressed: (l) In what support activities are mentors engaged during the induction year? and (2) How do mentor activities align with the responsibilities set forth by Connecticut's induction program? Data were obtained from two sources: telephone surveys of mentors and beginning teachers, and mentor logs completed by mentors and signed by both the mentor and the beginning teacher. Mentor responsibilities include: meeting regularly with mentees, observation, developing the Connecticut teaching competencies, preparing for assessment, and log summaries. The findings of the study led to the conclusion that far less than 100 percent of mentors are meeting all of the responsibilities set out by the Connecticut State Department of Education. A list of 11 recommendations based on these findings as well as a list of 9 references is included. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Connecticut State Department of Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).