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ERIC Number: EJ885037
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-1361-1267
"We're Not 'Just' Interested in the Work": Social and Emotional Aspects of Early Educator Mentoring Relationships
Peterson, Shira M.; Valk, Constance; Baker, Amy C.; Brugger, Lauri; Hightower, A. Dirk
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v18 n2 p155-175 May 2010
This study examines the processes by which early childhood educators and their mentors negotiated the social and emotional aspects of their working relationships. Twenty-five mentors worked with over 200 infant/toddler caregivers and preschool educators as part of a community-wide professional development initiative. Qualitative data were obtained through surveys, interviews, and focus groups and analyzed using grounded theory. Findings suggested that mentors and mentees recognized the emotional nature of their relationship and explicitly negotiated their roles and boundaries within the relationship. Mentors recognized differences in educators' readiness to change, and this impacted how they negotiated their relationships with mentees. Finally, mentors continually reflected on their own interpersonal skills through interaction with their supervisors and other mentors. Implications for early educator mentoring programs are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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