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ERIC Number: ED525820
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 104
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-9365-7
Mentoring and Doctoral Completion in Special Education
Jacobs, Ruth
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, St. John's University (New York), School of Education and Human Services
This investigator provides support to current research findings that mentoring can be a successful factor in doctoral degree completion (Maher, Ford and Thompson, 2004). Of concern to this researcher is the shortage of doctoral degree recipients, whose dissertations reflect special education issues, to meet current educational demands (Smith, Pion, Tyler & Gilmore, 2003; Smith, Pion, Tyler, Sindelar, & Rosenberg, 2001). In an effort to determine the importance of mentoring in doctoral degree programs in special education, the current investigator surveyed special education doctoral recipients from eighty-four doctoral degree programs in special education. No Child Left Behind legislation demands the presence of "highly qualified" teachers in our school systems. Without a sufficient number of trained special education faculty at the university level to meet our current pedagogical needs, the demand for "highly qualified" professionals remains only partially filled (Smith, Pion, Tyler, Sindelar, & Rosenberg, 2003; Smith et al., 2001). This researcher confirmed the importance of faculty mentoring in special education doctoral degree completion and identified those characteristics of a good mentor that ensure a positive outcome. [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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Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001