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ERIC Number: EJ1014174
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1366-5626
Job Characteristics and Mentoring in Pre-Schools: Mentoring Relationships among the Educational Staff When Challenged by Problem-Solving Tasks
Waaland, Torbjorn
Journal of Workplace Learning, v25 n5 p310-327 2013
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to study the influence of problem-solving tasks on mentoring received, peer mentoring and mentoring provided. Design/methodology/approach: This cross-sectional survey was based on a questionnaire that was sent to a total of 435 employees from 29 pre-schools in Norway. A total of 284 responses were returned, a response rate of 65.3 per cent. Exploratory factor analysis (EFA) was used to assess the validity and reliability of measurement scales. Research questions were formulated. Stepwise regression analysis was recommended to assess the magnitude and direction of the independent variable on the three dependent variables, when controlled for by demographic and career variables. Findings: The results revealed that problem-solving tasks have a positive and significant influence on mentoring received, peer mentoring and mentoring provided. This means that performing unfamiliar tasks increases the occurrence of the three mentoring roles. Research limitations/implications: The independent variables only explained 14 per cent, 30 per cent and 38 per cent of mentoring received, peer-mentoring and mentoring provided, respectively. Thus, other job characteristics, for example specialization, need further investigation to uncover the influence of job characteristics on mentoring. Practical implications: Problem-solving tasks will be a challenge for educational leadership to coordinate the mentoring roles according to the changing nature of work in pre-schools. Originality/value: There is no previous research that investigates how job characteristics in general and problem-solving tasks in particular influence the occurrence of mentoring relationships. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway
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