ERIC Number: ED353251
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Are Mentor Teachers Teacher Educators?
Feiman-Nemser, Sharon; And Others
The Mentor Teacher Program in the state of California is designed to retain capable teachers by expanding their rewards and opportunities. This report focuses on the character and quality of mentoring in an alternate route program sponsored by a large urban school district. A 30-hour required training course for mentors introduces them to their new role and provides skills and strategies they can use in their work. Three cases of mentoring, all involving English teachers at the secondary level are described, analyzed, and appraised. The influence of mentor training on mentor's practice is traced and the problematic consequences of that training are pointed out. To learn more about what mentor teachers do when working with beginning teachers three sources of data were examined: (1) a training manual; (2) transcripts of conferences between mentor teachers and teacher trainees; and (3) interviews with mentors about those sessions. Results suggest that the traditional supervision of student teachers is more similar to than different from the mentoring of alternate route candidates; and this kind of mentoring may not offer any improvement over the more traditional methods of teacher supervision that it is intended to replace. (Contains 15 selected references.) (LL)
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Beginning Teacher Induction, Educational Practices, English Instruction, English Teacher Education, Higher Education, Mentors, Professional Continuing Education, Program Effectiveness, Secondary Education, Teacher Educators, Teacher Persistence, Teaching Experience
National Center for Research on Teacher Learning, 116 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($6.05).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Teacher Learning, East Lansing, MI.
Identifiers - Location: California