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ERIC Number: EJ821190
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-1361-1267
Practicing Praxis: Mentoring Teachers in a Low-Income School through Collaborative Action Research and Transformative Pedagogy
Morton, Mary Lou
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v13 n1 p53-72 Apr 2005
This article presents a reflexive look at a year-long mentoring experience between a university researcher and two third-grade teachers in a lower socioeconomic school. The challenges and rewards of mentoring the teachers in areas of their choice--writing workshop, constructivism, interactive learning methods, and management of cooperative learning experiences--are presented. Success in this setting required that the mentor establish mutually respectful relationships, understand the teachers' frustrations, and have the courage to challenge limiting attitudes toward lower socioeconomic children and families. One of the teachers gradually transformed the classroom pedagogy, which resulted in differentiated instruction to meet student needs, made stronger connections to the students and their families, and displayed a greater enjoyment of teaching. In contrast, the second teacher exhibited progressively narrowing efforts that resulted in favoritism of a few children and lack of monitoring of academic and social progress of the majority. The participants maintained a friendly, respectful relationship and both teachers acknowledged their progress in gaining more confidence in the teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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