ERIC Number: ED357015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-2
The Perceptions of School Principals about a Mentoring Program for Newly Hired Urban School Teachers.
Ganser, Tom; And Others
This paper reviews variations in formats and outcomes of mentoring programs for beginning teachers and then reports on a study of an urban mentor teacher program from the perspective of principals. The program's most distinctive feature was the collaborative process used in its development and implementation. The initial concept was formulated at the bargaining table where it won the support of both the teachers' union and the central administration. Eighteen qualified teachers were released from their teaching duties to become full-time mentors. Each was given 6 days of training and was assigned to work with 10 new teachers at 2 to 9 different sites. Mentors were assigned to work with new teachers according to their certification level, but their specific teaching experiences did not always match the beginning teachers' subject area or grade assignment. Questionnaires completed by 103 principals and interviews with 18 principals examined the level of participation in the program, principals' sense of involvement, mentor role, principal role, and suggestions for the program. Data reveal the principals' strong support of the program, although they expressed feelings of being inadequately informed about the program and having had less involvement in it than they would have liked. (Contains 23 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Diversity in Mentoring Conference of the International Mentoring Association (6th, Atlanta, GA, April 2, 1993).