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ERIC Number: ED516850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 256
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-6006-4
Mentor/Protege Interactions and the Role of Mentor Training within a Novice Teacher Mentoring Program
Menegat, Gilan M.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Lewis and Clark College
Many individuals transition into teaching positions without the benefit of effective professional mentoring. This study was conducted to better understand the interactions in which mentors and proteges engage and to inform future design of mentor support for novice teachers. The research examined mentor/protege interactions within a year long novice teacher mentoring program. It sought to learn what influenced mentors' work with proteges and how proteges perceived the mentoring experience as part of their professional growth. It investigated mentors' perceptions of structured mentor training facilitated by the New Teacher Center (NTC) and the one-on-one support received by proteges. The study investigated whether the mentoring interactions incorporated the content and skills addressed in the mentor training and whether proteges reported the content and skills as influential on their teacher practices. Few specifics regarding elements of mentor professional development and proteges' reported experiences were identified in the literature. The study design implemented a mixed methodology. Qualitative data were analyzed from three sources: mentor and protege interviews from one Oregon mentoring project during 2008-2009, protege course responses from a mentoring project university partner, and mentor and protege open-ended responses from surveys distributed by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to all eleven mentoring project participants statewide. The quantitative portion of the study centered on secondary data provided to the researcher by ODE which was generated from NTC designed mentor and protege surveys. Descriptive and correlation analyses were conducted on the closed responses from the statewide mentor and protege surveys. Results indicated mentor/protege interactions were framed by the NTC training content which mentors implemented with a high degree of fidelity. A relationship was identified between exposure to the content and skills addressed within the mentor training and proteges' sense of teacher efficacy and mentoring program value. The study offers implications and recommendations for various levels of educational leaders and program design elements including structure, mentor training, and mentor roles. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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