ERIC Number: ED262032
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Mentoring: A Review of the Literature with a Focus on Teaching.
Many local education agencies, as well as independent school districts, are currently designing induction programs for beginning teachers. One feature of these induction programs is the appointment of a mentor or sponsor teacher. This review is designed to summarize existing literature from the teaching profession on the mentoring relationship in order to assist educators in enhancing induction programs. A review of pertinent research concerning the mentoring phenomenon provides education professionals interested in initiating a "mentor teacher" or "sponsor teacher" program with an important resource. This paper focuses on three major areas: the concept of mentoring and its theoretical foundations, mentorial activities as they relate to teachers and induction programs, and the nature of the mentor-protege relationship in professions other than education. Overviews are provided of studies of mentoring in schools and induction programs that incorporate the mentoring relationship. Information is included on: (1) the characteristics and functions of the mentor; (2) selecting and attracting a mentor; (3) the interpersonal relationship; (4) the character of the mentor-protege relationship; (5) precautions in engaging in the mentor-protege relationship; (6) what and how proteges learn from mentors; and (7) guidelines for formal and informal mentor programs. (JD)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Interprofessional Relationship, Master Teachers, Mentors, Modeling (Psychology), Teacher Orientation
Communication Services, Research & Development Center for Teacher Education, The University of Texas at Austin, Education Annex 3.203, Austin, TX 78712.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.