ERIC Number: EJ1048602
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Mentoring in Action: The Interplay among Professional Assistance, Emotional Support, and Evaluation
Israel, Maya; Kamman, Margaret L.; McCray, Erica D.; Sindelar, Paul T.
Exceptional Children, v81 n1 p45-63 Oct 2014
The growing emphasis on teacher accountability has led to increased integration of teacher evaluation and new teacher mentoring. This study examined professional and emotional mentoring supports within an urban school district that centered its induction program on structured teacher evaluation. Five mentors and 16 new special educators participated in this study. Data included evaluation reports for the 2009-2010 school year, mentor time allocation charts, and new teacher interviews. Results indicated the following: (a) Evaluation provided guidance for mentors' feedback; (b) emotional supports and professional supports were interrelated, wherein emotional supports occurred within the context of professional supports; and (c) the majority of the new teachers did not indicate that the evaluation adversely affected their mentoring experience.
Descriptors: Mentors, Teacher Evaluation, Beginning Teachers, Interviews, Feedback (Response), Emotional Response, Social Support Groups, Teacher Attitudes, Beginning Teacher Induction, Special Education Teachers, Urban Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Scores, Teacher Competencies, Experienced Teachers, Observation, Qualitative Research, Data Analysis, Faculty Development, Time Management
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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