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ERIC Number: EJ974168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1742-5964
Asking Questions as a Key Strategy in Guiding a Novice Teacher: A Self-Study
Olsher, Gila; Kantor, Itay-Danny
Studying Teacher Education, v8 n2 p157-168 2012
This self-study explores the instruction of a novice teacher by an expert mentor teacher, while applying the strategy of asking questions instead of the more common pattern of giving advice and guidance in the form of telling. The study examines the educational potential embedded in the question-asking strategy as a key mentoring resource when used between an experienced teacher educator and a novice teacher for the professional development of both. The research data were collected by documenting their personal meetings and collecting the email printouts and notes written by the expert mentor in the novice teacher's journal. The findings from the self-study were analyzed and classified into four categories that explore the professional growth of the mentor and novice teacher. The process of a reflective dialog led to critical reflection and a change in the paradigm of the novice and expert teacher relationship. The non-judgmental questioning dialog between two learners strengthened the novice teachers' self-confidence and professional identity and led to a reframing of the expert teacher's mentoring style. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel