ERIC Number: ED282859
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Intern Mentoring in an Alternative Teacher Preparation Program.
Boser, Judith A.; Wiley, Patricia Davis
This study sought to determine whether mentoring relationships developed between teaching interns and public school teachers who were designated as their mentors, what mentoring roles and functions were most characteristic of those relationships, and how much congruence existed between mentors' and interns' perceptions of the mentors' behavior. Data were collected from 17 mentor-intern pairs, who responded to a questionnaire based on eight previously identified characteristic mentor roles: (1) confidant; (2) coach or teacher; (3) positive role model; (4) developer of talent; (5) opener of doors; (6) protector; (7) sponsor; and (8) successful leader. Interns most often reported that their mentors acted as confidants, teachers, role models, and/or opener of doors. They seldom viewed their mentors as developers of talent or successful leaders. Mentors generally thought of themselves as portraying a larger number of the roles and performing more functions than did their interns. Findings of the study are analyzed, and appended tables provide data collected from the questionnaire. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).