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ERIC Number: EJ797351
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1059-7069
Technologically-Based Mentoring Provided to Teachers: A Synthesis of the Literature
Gentry, Lauren B.; Denton, Carolyn A.; Kurz, Terri
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, v16 n3 p339-373 Jul 2008
Instructional coaching or mentoring, as a form of professional development for teachers, has gained importance as educational policy has called for the implementation of research-validated instructional practices by highly qualified teachers. Technology-mediated mentoring has strong potential for overcoming barriers of accessibility and cost-effectiveness associated with traditional on-site mentoring. The purpose of this article is to synthesize existing peer-reviewed empirical studies on technology-mediated mentoring for inservice teachers. Three mediums for technology-based mentoring were explored: technology-enhanced professional development coupled with access to a mentor, electronic mail, and online discussion forums. The synthesized studies primarily incorporated mixed-methodologies or were qualitative. Results suggest that, although usage of some technology-based mentoring implementations was low or variable, those who accessed the resources generally reported having a positive experience, reporting shifts in their attitudes towards instruction and changes in instructional practices; however, few studies substantiated teacher self-reported improvement in knowledge and practice through direct observation. While existing research is both informative and encouraging, more rigorous qualitative and quantitative research, particularly quasi-experimental and experimental studies, is needed. As no located studies addressed the impact of the technology-based mentoring of teachers on the outcomes of students, particular attention should be paid to this significant outcome variable in future research. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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