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ERIC Number: EJ1130699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7125
Reflective Dialog Journals: A Tool for Developing Professional Competence in Novice Teachers
Gut, Dianne M.; Wan, Guofang; Beam, Pamela C.; Burgess, Lawrence
School-University Partnerships, v9 n2 p60-70 Fall 2016
This study focuses on the use of a mentoring protocol, the reflective dialogue journal, to develop professional competencies for pre-service teachers within a school-university partnership. To examine the effectiveness of the reflective dialogue journal protocol and the processes employed by mentor teachers to assist pre-service teachers with developing professional competencies, this study utilized a qualitative research method and analyzed the reflective dialogue journals written by 21 pairs of mentor teachers and pre-service teachers over a period of 12 weeks. Results show that keeping reflective dialogue journals benefits both the mentor teachers and the pre-service teachers, allows mentor teachers to identify areas of concern by pre-service teachers, and provides a wide range of mentoring strategies for mentor teachers. Findings indicate this easy-to-use, evidence-based tool can be readily incorporated into mentoring programs to enhance reflective practice and provide structured mentoring opportunities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio
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