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The Effects of E-Mentoring on Beginning Teacher Competencies and Perceptions

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Teacher Education and Special Education Volume 36, Number 4, ISSN 0888-4064


There is a critical need to mentor novice special education teachers to meet the current and projected teacher shortages. However, due to the various skill-levels of beginning special education teachers in schools and the small number of current special educators in each school who could serve as mentors, there is difficulty finding induction-level mentors that possess similar or the same teaching credentials or teaching assignments as mentees in the same schools or geographical regions. Electronic mentoring (e-mentoring) using technology initiates solutions as e-mentoring can provide synchronous and asynchronous mentoring opportunities which increase collaboration time and reduce feelings of isolation and increases efficacy among new teachers. The article presents the findings from research using a mixed methods design investigating novice special education teacher knowledge of professional competencies and the participant's perceptions of effectiveness of induction-level mentoring through the pilot use of an electronic mentoring program.


Hunt, J.H., Powell, S., Little, M.E. & Mike, A. (2013). The Effects of E-Mentoring on Beginning Teacher Competencies and Perceptions. Teacher Education and Special Education, 36(4), 286-297. Retrieved November 26, 2022 from .

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