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2012

Teacher Education and Professional Development

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Beginning teachers

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Balancing Support And Challenge Within The Mentoring Relationship, Tiffanie Joy Miley Jun 2012

Balancing Support And Challenge Within The Mentoring Relationship, Tiffanie Joy Miley

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Mentoring is a common element of new teacher induction aimed at easing beginning teachers' entry into the profession and assisting beginning teacher growth and development. Previous research has shown that mentors are comfortable supporting beginning teachers but are reluctant to provide challenge-activities that will help beginning teachers improve their practice. For optimal growth to occur, mentors should balance support and challenge in their work with beginning teachers. This descriptive study employed multiple cases to examine the relationship of two junior high school mentors with their mentees. The mentors in this study work in a school district with an established and ...