ERIC Number: ED367631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
How Mentors Rank Mentor Roles, Benefits of Mentoring and Obstacles to Mentoring.
For mentoring to remain as one viable component of quality teacher induction, the roles of mentors, the benefits of mentoring and the obstacles to effective mentoring must be scrutinized and questions about the overall value of mentoring must be addressed. In the study discussed in this paper, 24 teachers who served as mentors for beginning teachers were asked, in a first phase, to describe and categorize their ideas of the mentor role, and benefits of and obstacles to effective mentoring. The 687 ideas that they named were collapsed into 55 elements representing those ideas. The same teachers were then asked to give weighted rank to the 55 elements. In general, the study supported the perspectives of most practicing mentors. Mentor roles were represented as providing emotional support, information about overt matters such as formal policies, and covert matters such as the school culture, and general assistance with teaching skills and classroom management. Mentoring was viewed as especially beneficial for the beginning teacher, but also for the mentors; and since few obstacles to mentoring had been encountered, subjects approached this area from a hypothetical point of view. Nine tables display additional information. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Protege Mentor Relationship
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (74th, Atlanta, GA, February 12-16, 1994).