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Expert Witnesses [microform] : Mentor Teachers and Their Colleagues / Judith H. Shulman
Bib ID 5486691
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Shulman, Judith H
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1987 
26 p. 

This paper illustrates the tensions that can arise between mentors and administrators as they seek to implement a new definition of their respective roles. The paper focuses on the strains of the mentor/principal relationship in the Los Angeles Unified School District, California. The problem examined is that of the complications faced by mentor teachers in asserting the role of instructional leader with principals who have traditionally assumed that role. Twenty-two mentor teachers each wrote six vignettes describing their successful and less successful experiences with their assigned mentee teachers, and their relationships with administrators and other colleagues. An analysis is presented of six vignettes. The first two deal with the mentors' reactions to inappropriate requests from their principals. The next pair illustrate how a mentor-teacher relationship can be compromised when a principal inappropriately divulges confidential information to the mentee. The last two cases illuminate the mentors' frustration when they work with mediocre neophytes. Some of the cases are accompanied by reactions from other teachers. A discussion of the analysis highlights problems in the areas of nation-wide induction programs, and the evaluation of teachers. Two model teacher evaluation systems are briefly described. (JD)


Sponsoring Agency: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.

ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987). For related document see SP 029 774.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Administrator Role.  |  Beginning Teachers.  |  Elementary Secondary Education.  |  Master Teachers.  |  Mentors.  |  Peer Relationship.  |  Principals.  |  Role Conflict.  |  Teacher Administrator Relationship.  |  Teacher Evaluation.
Form/genre Speeches/Meeting Papers.  |  Reports, Research.
Other authors/contributors Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA
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