ERIC Number: ED289863
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Expert Witnesses: Mentor Teachers and Their Colleagues.
Shulman, Judith H.
This paper illustrates the tensions that can arise between mentors and administrators as they seek to implement a new definition of their respective roles. The paper focuses on the strains of the mentor/principal relationship in the Los Angeles Unified School District, California. The problem examined is that of the complications faced by mentor teachers in asserting the role of instructional leader with principals who have traditionally assumed that role. Twenty-two mentor teachers each wrote six vignettes describing their successful and less successful experiences with their assigned mentee teachers, and their relationships with administrators and other colleagues. An analysis is presented of six vignettes. The first two deal with the mentors' reactions to inappropriate requests from their principals. The next pair illustrate how a mentor-teacher relationship can be compromised when a principal inappropriately divulges confidential information to the mentee. The last two cases illuminate the mentors' frustration when they work with mediocre neophytes. Some of the cases are accompanied by reactions from other teachers. A discussion of the analysis highlights problems in the areas of nation-wide induction programs, and the evaluation of teachers. Two model teacher evaluation systems are briefly described. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987). For related document see SP 029 774.