Title

Extending the Apprenticeshop of Observation: How Mentee Experiences Shape Mentors

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-16-2019

Publication Title

Mentoring and Tutoring

Volume

27

Issue

3

First page number:

342

Last page number:

363

Abstract

Although the importance of mentor teachers in clinical teacher preparation is well established, few researchers explore the social identity development of these individuals. Through our study we contribute to the body of research by exploring mentor teachers’ social identity development through the concept of Apprenticeship of Observation – specifically, how they felt their own mentoring experiences influenced their approaches to mentoring. The multi-case study includes findings about mentoring beliefs and practices during the laboratory school component of an Alternate Route to Licensure program. Incorporating semi-structured interviews and video analysis, the findings demonstrate how four mentor teachers’ prior experiences as mentees – including Alternate Route to Licensure, traditional teacher preparation programs, and inservice teaching – influenced their interactions with teacher candidates as mentors. Recommendations for practice and implications for future research are provided.

Keywords

Mentoring; Teacher candidates; Social identity development theory

Disciplines

Educational Psychology | Training and Development

Language

English

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