ERIC Number: ED317347
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
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Peer Mentoring Exchange Program: Opportunities for Professional Improvement.
Decker, Robert H.; Dedrick, Charles V. L.
"Peer mentoring,""peer coaching," and "colleagueship supervision" describe a process of professional improvement in which teachers assist other teachers in becoming more competent and innovative in the use of pedagogical skills. Recent evidence suggests that teachers feel the individuals most qualified to assist them in developing and refining instructional strategies and skills are other teachers. Typically, teachers are formally evaluated, however, by a building administrator with no expertise in teachers' subject areas. In rural schools, these problems are particularly acute, for a new teacher may be the only staff member with expertise in a particular discipline. This paper describes the benefits of a peer-mentoring program using master teachers as mentors. Master teachers are trained in effective teaching practices and peer coaching. These master teachers are available in a multi-district network for in-class observation and consultation in schools that may not have a master teacher available for a new teacher in a particular subject area. Problems identified include: difficulties in school cooperation, costs associated with peer-coach replacement and travel, peer-coach legal responsibilities, teachers' union approval of such projects, and the need for common definitions of "master teacher" and "peer coaches." (DHP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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