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ERIC Number: ED355738
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jan-26
Pages: 8
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Developing Induction Year Mentorships in a Generic Special Education Teacher Training Program.
Kueker, Jean; Haensly, Patricia
This study evaluated an induction year mentorship program in conjunction with the extended Generic Special Education Teacher Training Program at Texas A&M University. A questionnaire was developed and administered in the spring of 1989 to two groups of individuals for an extended year generic special education program, eight student teachers and eight novice teachers. The responses obtained from the student teachers served as a pretest to be compared to their responses after participating in the Fall mentorship training session. Eight Special Education teacher education graduates in their first year of teaching were matched with master teachers who served as their mentors and participated in a mentorship orientation workshop along with principals and other staff. In addition, student teachers and novice teachers were compared concerning their perceptions of the importance of specific mentor characteristics, which indicated that novice teachers exhibited a stronger and more uniform perspective of which characteristics would be most important in a mentor. Novice teachers indicated that the three most important characteristics of a mentor were supportiveness, trustworthiness, and self-confidence. Brainstormed ideas at the mentorship orientation workshop on areas in which the mentor might most helpfully support the induction year teacher produced three categories of responses: interpersonal needs, building and district policies, and instructional skills and professional growth. Study participants reported the importance of establishing a regular meeting time early in the year, limiting the length of their meetings, and meeting in a setting other than the school if possible. Discussion of findings from other mentoring relationship studies is also included. (Contains 22 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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