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ERIC Number: ED437129
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 191
Abstractor: N/A
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A Study of the Effects of a Mentoring Initiative on the Performance of New Adjunct Community College Faculty.
Lyons, Richard E.
This study investigates the impact of a mentoring initiative on the performance of ten adjunct instructors new to the faculty of Indian River Community College in east-central Florida. Participants represent a wide range of discipline areas, motivations and demographic characteristics. The mentoring program focused on general pedagogical skills and classroom practices for varying disciplines. The study's primary question asks what value a mentoring initiative will offer to new faculty above and beyond the traditional relationship with the key contact person. Secondary research questions include: (1) the degree of structure that should be incorporated into the initiative design; (2) the most significant needs of new adjuncts that are not addressed by the traditional key contact person; (3) factors that affect the degree of those needs; (4) responsiveness of the adjuncts to the initiatives; and (5) mentoring characteristics (age, race gender) that contribute to an effective mentor-mentee match. Findings indicated that all participants finishing the study perceived the mentoring initiative as valuable. Those who derived the greatest benefit were participants who had some previous teaching experience and/or former mentoring relationships, and who accessed the mentor frequently. The mentor's interpersonal skills played a more significant role in the success of the mentoring relationship than did his/her demographic characteristics. Appendices A-E contain the research agreement and study overview, interview guides, instructor/course evaluation form, orientation checklist for new adjunct faculty, and an instructor effectiveness training outline. Contains 51 references. (AS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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