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ERIC Number: ED410733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Improving the Preparation of Special Education Teachers: A Model Mentoring Program.
Dunn, Sheila; DeWaters, Jamie; Williams, Stephen
This report describes a mentoring program at D'Youville College designed to better meet the learning needs of graduate students in special education. The program began in the 1994-95 academic year with the original purpose of giving students a head start on developing ideas and conducting research for their theses. The program has grown, however, to providing mentoring in other aspects of the profession. The paper briefly explains the history of mentoring and the successful results of the mentoring program. Prior to the program, a student survey found that none of the graduate students in special education had attended or presented at conferences, none had papers accepted for publication or had even submitted papers for publication, none had taken on leadership roles in their chosen field, and none had collaborated with faculty member on a project or in research. After only one semester of the mentoring program, 10 students had presented at national or regional conferences, more than 60 had attended national conferences, 8 students had their work published, and 5 were working on research projects with faculty members. Future objectives such as having students serve as mentors to new students are discussed. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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