ERIC Number: EJ1105014
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Developing Mentors: An Analysis of Shared Mentoring Practices
Bower-Phipps, Laura; Klecka, Cari Van Senus; Sature, Amanda L.
New Educator, v12 n3 p289-308 2016
Understanding how experienced teachers share and articulate effective mentoring practices can guide efforts to prepare quality mentors. This qualitative study focused on mentoring practices within a teacher-designed student-teaching program conceptualized while the mentor teachers within the program were students in a graduate-level mentoring course and implemented upon the mentors' completion of their graduate studies. Data sources included interviews and field notes from meetings with mentors and student teachers. The results detail specific mentoring practices: explicit instruction through scaffolding, developing the whole teacher, student-teacher-directed learning, fostering student teachers' individual practice, explicit mentoring of one another, and reflecting on mentoring. These practices were enabled by program structures such as mentor meetings, an online forum, and mentors' observation of all student teachers in the program.
Descriptors: Mentors, Teacher Role, Qualitative Research, Student Teaching, Graduate Study, Student Teachers, Masters Programs, Semi Structured Interviews, Focus Groups, Skill Development, Teaching Methods, Student Role, Urban Schools, High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Undergraduate Students, Internship Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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