The mentoring of beginning teachers : an evaluation of one school system's program

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Myra Lea Pennell (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Mary Olson

Abstract: This study was designed to conduct an internal evaluation of the North Carolina Initial Certification Program as implemented in Caldwell County. The scope of the study was narrowed to focus on the selection and assignment of mentors and the quality of assistance delivered to new teachers. Data collection instruments included questionnaires for mentors, initially certified personnel, and principals and an interview protocol for the assistant superintendent and superintendent. Additional information relevant to the study was collected from system records. The survey was a census of all program participants. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze and compare the answers of the participant groups. There is confusion about the current selection process for mentors stemming largely from lack of knowledge about state and county regulations governing the procedure. Participants believe the principal should select mentors with input from department/grade level chairpersons and peers. Respondents called for more stringent selection regulations and ranked qualifications, skills, abilities, and traits desirable in prospective mentors.

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Language: English
Date: 1992
Mentoring in education $z North Carolina $z Caldwell County
High school teachers $z North Carolina $z Caldwell County
Elementary school teachers $z North Carolina $z Caldwell County
First year teachers $z North Carolina $z Caldwell County
Teachers $x Certification $z North Carolina $z Caldwell County

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