Exploring the worth of online communities and e-mentoring programs for beginning teachers

Gutke, Hannah J. and Albion, Peter (2008) Exploring the worth of online communities and e-mentoring programs for beginning teachers. In: 19th International Conference of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE 2008), 3-7 March 2008, Las Vegas, NV.

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[Abstract]: Education systems worldwide face challenges in retaining and developing beginning teachers against a widespread pattern of significant attrition. This study used interviews with beginning teachers, their mentors and other relevant staff members in the local system to investigate the potential of online communities and e-mentoring to address the problem. The findings support the hypothesis that online mentoring would effectively supplement induction procedures already in place. The initial topics or threads of discussion within the learning community should address issues identified in the study, such as behavior management, interactions and relationships with parents, and assessment and reporting. This will allay concerns by addressing issues seen as most relevant by beginning teachers.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. 'Copyright by AACE. Reprinted from the Proceedings of the 19th International Conference of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE 2008) with permission of AACE (http://www.aace.org).'
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Peter Albion
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2008 00:02
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 05:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: mentor, induction, beginning teacher, online
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3994

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