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ERIC Number: EJ1053303
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Mentorship Defined by Alternative Teacher Certification Candidates: A Phenomenological Inquiry
Tissington, Laura D.
Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, v1 n1 p36-47 Spr 2006
National teacher shortages have driven the market for alternative means of teacher certification. This study sought to understand what mentorship means to 27 beginning teachers in a university-district partnership Alternative Certification Program (ACP) in an effort to understand the participants' perceptions. The process included administering and coding self report questionnaires, random selection and focus group interviews, data triangulation, and intense interaction over a 10 month period. Principles of phenomenology guided researchers to realize four interrelated essential core themes exploring the meaning of mentorship (a) school politics, (b) proximity (c) relationship, and (d) classroom management.
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Phenomenology, Inquiry, Mentors, Beginning Teachers, Beginning Teacher Induction, Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation, Questionnaires, Focus Groups, Interviews, School Culture, Politics of Education, Proximity, Classroom Techniques, Interpersonal Relationship, Program Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Surveys, Elementary Secondary Education
National Association for Alternative Certification. PO Box 5750, Washington, DC 20016. Tel: 202-277-3600; Fax: 202-403-3545; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.alternativecertification.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A