ERIC Number: EJ1085365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Mentoring and Professional Development in Rural Head Start Classrooms
Garner, Pamela W.; Carter McLean, Marsha; Waajid, Badiyyah; Pittman, Evelyn R.
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v23 n4 p293-310 2015
The objective of this project was to develop and pilot a small-scale professional development program that incorporated substantial group and one-on-one mentoring aimed at preparing rurally based preschool teacher assistants to earn the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. Using a framework that emphasized the relational, developmental, and contextual elements of mentoring, this qualitative case study examined both the participants' and mentors' perceptions of the program. Results of this study revealed overlapping themes across teacher assistants and their mentors, including readiness for the CDA credentialing process, mentoring support/relationship-building, and mutual respect.
Descriptors: Mentors, Faculty Development, Rural Areas, Preschool Education, Teacher Aides, Credentials, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship, Federal Programs, Preschool Children, Disadvantaged Youth, College Students, Needs Assessment, Credibility, Interviews, Content Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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