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ERIC Number: ED548979
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 174
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2673-4310-9
Mentoring Programs: Key Differences in Support for Beginning Teachers
Fick, Virginia E.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Liberty University
This study explored the issue of mentoring and its problems in aiding in the induction of new teachers into various school systems. Such a study is justified because teacher shortages remain a real threat in many areas of this country. The research sought to demonstrate that a mentor program without clear guidelines and accountability may actually damage new teachers. Some of the goals of a mentoring program were considered: the suitability and selection of mentors, the training of mentors, and program evaluation. A review of the literature included such topics as the high cost of attrition, the needs of new teachers, effective and practical mentoring methods, mentoring disasters, technology and creative ways to mentor, benefits to veteran teachers from mentoring, and the role of leadership in mentoring. A quantitative study of school districts with either very high or low teacher attrition rates sought to reveal what adjustments are necessary for greater teacher retention. A twenty-question survey that measured the perceptions and attitudes of administrators from these districts endeavored to answer some key questions such as why some mentoring programs fail, what mentors are actually doing, and how administrators could strengthen their programs. [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
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Language: English
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