ERIC Number: EJ785177
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Mentor Advice Giving in an Alternative Certification Program for Secondary Science Teaching: Opportunities and Roadblocks in Developing a Knowledge Base for Teaching
Bradbury, Leslie Upson; Koballa, Thomas R., Jr.
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v18 n6 p817-840 Dec 2007
Mentoring is often an important component of alternative certification programs, yet little is known about what novices learn about science teaching through mentoring relationships. This study investigated the advice given by two mentor science teachers to their proteges. Findings indicate that mentors gave more advice related to general pedagogical knowledge than science-specific pedagogical content knowledge. Specifically, there was little to no advice related to the topics of inquiry, the nature of science, or the development of scientific literacy. Implications call for an increase in communication between university teacher education programs and school-based mentors, the development of benchmarks to help guide mentor-protege interactions, and the importance of a multiyear induction process.
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Mentors, Teacher Education Programs, Scientific Principles, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Science Teachers, Scientific Literacy, Alternative Teacher Certification, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Benchmarking
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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