ERIC Number: EJ720965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Reference Count: 36
Experiences of Beginning Teachers in a School-Based Mentoring Program in Sweden
Educational Studies, v31 n3 p251-263 Sep 2005
Even though teacher education has been successful in preparing students for their future profession, the classroom reality can differ greatly from the inservice training. Many novice teachers therefore find the transition from student teacher to inservice teacher overwhelming To support beginning teachers, mentoring programs--where more experienced teachers support novice teachers--have become commonplace in many schools worldwide. In Sweden, mentoring for beginning teachers has been a frequent feature of support since 2001. This study, conducted in Sweden, examines seven novice teachers and the impact the mentoring process had upon them during their first-year teaching. Based on interviews, it was found that these experienced both professional and personal support from their mentors. The study also showed the significance of observant leaders within the mentorship program following up on the development of the mentor-mentee relationship.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Teachers, Mentors, Inservice Education, Beginning Teachers, Interviews, Teacher Attitudes, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden