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Mentor teachers, program supervisors, and peer coaching in the student teaching experience: A phenomenological study of the experiences of mentor teachers, program supervisors, and interns


2007 2007

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This dissertation explored the perspectives of mentor teachers, program supervisors and interns in a preservice licensure program in a research-based flagship university in northeast on the roles, influences and preparation of mentor teachers, program supervisors, and peer coaching. Surveys were designed and administered to all 15 program supervisors, 69 mentor teachers and 69 interns in the program (with effective responsive samples of 12, 50 and 52 and responsive rates of 80%, 72% and 75% respectively) to capture a quick snapshot of the samples' descriptive characteristics, such as attitudes, opinions, and preferences towards the three components and to provide additional prompts of inquiry. An interviewing approach was utilized. Totally 24 participants were selected—program coordinator, 8 program supervisors, 7 mentor teachers, and 8 interns. Each participant received two semi-structured in-depth interviews, each of which lasted about 90 minutes. Program documents were collected to reveal the requirements and expectations of the program. Results demonstrated that mentor teachers were the most vital to interns learning to teach; that program supervisors helped interns the most in learning about clinical supervision; and that peer coaching was the most helpful to interns in emotional support. Each role was compared to a unique set of analogies, the utilization of which concretized the descriptions of each role's responsibilities and influences. Each member of the triad was not programmatically prepared for his/her specific role. Based on the issues and concerns emerged from the practice of each component, a rationale and an implication plan of action for the preparation of each role were developed.

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Subject
Preschool education;
Elementary education;
Teacher education
Classification
0518: Preschool education
0524: Elementary education
0530: Teacher education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Cooperating teachers; Interns; Mentor teachers; Peer coaching; Preservice teacher education; Program supervisors; Program/university supervisors; Student teachers
Title
Mentor teachers, program supervisors, and peer coaching in the student teaching experience: A phenomenological study of the experiences of mentor teachers, program supervisors, and interns
Author
Lu, Hsiu-Lien
Number of pages
361
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 68/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549331148
Advisor
Griffin, Linda L.
Committee member
Liang, Bing; Rosenberger, Cynthia J.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Education
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3289285
ProQuest document ID
304846374
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304846374
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