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ERIC Number: EJ1122304
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Climbing the Steps toward a Successful Cooperating Teacher/Student Teacher Mentoring Relationship
Jones, Cameron K.; Kelsey, Kathleen D.; Brown, Nicholas R.
Journal of Agricultural Education, v55 n2 p33-47 2014
Agricultural education cooperating teachers (mentors) are idealized as seasoned professionals, proficient in their craft, and able to transmit tacit knowledge to pre-service teachers (mentees) through demonstration, conversation, and coaching. When the relationship is successful both parties experience positive outcomes that may last a lifetime. Agricultural educators report that cooperating teachers are one of the most important influences on the development of new teachers. The research reported here used instrumental case study design to identify three steps that underpin successful mentoring relationships between cooperating teachers and student teachers in school-based agricultural education. The steps are personality, community and access, and trust and communication. Subthemes of personality included compatibility, similar values, mutual interest in growth, successful conflict resolution, and appreciation of differences. Subthemes of community and access included feelings of belonging and having access to cooperating teachers. Subthemes of trust and communication were based on delegating responsibility, providing accurate feedback, and supporting student teachers to assume the role of teacher. Based on the findings, it is recommended that university-based teacher educators increase opportunities for informal mentoring pairs to emerge. Future research could explore the impact of informal pairing on the development of new teachers compared to formal pairings.
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Cooperating Teachers, Student Teachers, Mentors, Teacher Student Relationship, Case Studies, Personality Traits, Environmental Influences, Trust (Psychology), Communication Strategies, Values, Teacher Educators, Teacher Education Programs, Semi Structured Interviews, High Schools, Urban Schools, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site: http://www.aaaeonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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