The Student Teaching Experience: Mentor Teachers' Self-Reported Mentoring Behaviors, Challenges, And Resource Utilization
Epp, Stephanie Ann
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Mentor teachers working with Drake University student teachers during the Fall 1998 and Spring 1999 semesters were surveyed regarding beliefs about their mentoring role in working with student teachers. Survey data, collected from forced-choice and open-ended items, included mentor teachers' valuing of forms of training and support provided by Drake University, preferences for mentoring behaviors, challenges in working with student teachers, and utilization of resources for their mentoring role. Spring 1999 mentor teachers were invited to participate in a listserv discussion focusing on principles of Cognitive Coaching. The impact of the listserv discussion forum on the beliefs and mentoring practices of subscribing mentor teachers is also reported. Descriptive statistics were employed to analyze survey results. Recommendations for mentor teacher training and support based on survey findings are provided.
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