ERIC Number: ED454410
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Adult Educators' Guide to Designing Instructor Mentoring.
Sherman, Renee; Voight, Janet; Tibbetts, John; Dobbins, Dionne; Evans, Arthur; Weidler, Danielle
This document provides guidelines for designing mentoring programs to facilitate the professional development of adult basic education (ABE) and English-as-a-second-language (ESL) instructors. Chapter 1 discusses the rationale behind mentoring in ABE programs. Special attention is paid to the following topics: how mentoring fits with adult learning theory; how mentoring compares with peer coaching; and what principles underlie quality mentoring systems. Chapter 2 examines the following issues related to ways programs can support mentoring: integrating mentoring into a program's professional development system; allocating staff and time for mentoring; and rewarding and recognizing mentors and proteges. Chapter 3 details the following steps for developing and implementing mentoring: (1) identifying mentoring goals; (2) selecting mentors; (3) selecting proteges; (4) matching mentors and proteges; (5) establishing frequency and duration of the mentor/protege relationship; (6) providing professional development and ongoing support for mentors; (7) identifying mentoring content; (8) identifying mentoring strategies; (9) assessing and evaluating mentoring; and (10) financing mentoring. The following items are appended: 21 questions for strategic planning; a list of 30 instructor competencies; profiles of mentoring in ABE and ESL programs; and 17 references. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Learning, Beginning Teacher Induction, Comparative Analysis, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Principles, Educational Quality, English (Second Language), Guidelines, Learning Theories, Mentors, Peer Counseling, Professional Development, Program Design, Program Implementation, Questionnaires, Recognition (Achievement), Resource Allocation, Strategic Planning, Systems Approach, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Competency Testing, Teacher Improvement, Theory Practice Relationship
For full text: http://www.air.org/nrs/reports/Mentoring%20Guide.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Pelavin Research Inst., Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A