ERIC Number: ED429963
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Making Effective Use of Mentoring Teacher Programs: A Collaborative Group Action Research Approach.
Saurino, Dan R.; Saurino, Penny L.
This study utilized collaborative group action research to investigate the effective use of mentoring teacher programs. The research group consisted of a new content area teacher, a transferring teacher from a different state, and a university researcher. The group met initially to finalize the research question, which addressed how they could make effective use of their mentoring program, then held meetings regularly throughout the study. Individual and group meetings were audiotaped, and participants kept journals. The researchers collected baseline data on current mentoring programs, teachers' attitudes, and future plans. They talked to other teachers and administrators about the current mentoring situations, then shared that information with the group. Teachers and mentors were assigned to one another, and mentors received training through a mentoring workshop. This paper describes participants' experiences in the mentoring program, including information from their journals. It concludes that the strategies and techniques established to maintain a positive mentoring experience for all participants were successful, and the program was very effective. The main concern about the program was the distance between the mentor and protege, since they were not in the same school. (Contains 16 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (72nd, Boston, MA, March 28-31, 1999).