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Exploring the Worth of Online Communities and e-Mentoring Programs for Beginning Teachers
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, Jubilee Primary School, Australia ; , University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

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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Gutke, H. & Albion, P. (2008). Exploring the Worth of Online Communities and e-Mentoring Programs for Beginning Teachers. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1416-1423). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 18, 2019 from .

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