ERIC Number: ED455206
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Moral Features of Mentoring in an Urban Context.
Silva, Diane Yendol
This study explored the moral features of mentoring that emerged when mentors in the Arc Mentoring Program (AMP) worked with new teachers in a challenging, high needs urban context. The AMP is committed to retaining new teachers, supporting their professional growth, and acting as a catalyst for enhancing the school's professional culture. AMP mentors are available to teachers 3.5 days per week in their schools. Researchers collected qualitative data over 16 months, using observation, focus group interviews with all AMP mentors, individual interviews with 3 AMP mentors, an ethnographic report, and analysis of AMP documents. Three assertions emerged during data analysis. The first recognized how context influenced the curricular, relational, and political choices that mentors made in working with new teachers. The second highlighted the shared responsibility mentors felt for new teacher success and the differing conceptions of success and survival held by those teaching in urban schools. The third described the moral and intellectual features of mentoring within the AMP as fused in both the means and ends of mentoring. Appended are: Core Beliefs of AMP Mentors, AMP Program Goals, Arc Mentoring Program Shared Practices, and General Conditions of the AMP. (Contains 11 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).