How different mentoring approaches affect beginning teachers' development in the first years of practice
Dirk Richter, Mareike Kunter, Oliver Lüdtke, Uta Klusmann, Yvonne Anders, Jürgen Baumert, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Germany
TATE Volume 36, Number 1, ISSN 0742-051X Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
This study examines the extent to which the quality of mentoring and its frequency during the first years of teaching influence teachers' professional competence and well-being. Analyses are based on a sample of more than 700 German beginning mathematics teachers who participated in a pre-test/post-test study over the course of one year. Findings indicate that it is the quality of mentoring rather than its frequency that explains a successful career start. In particular, mentoring that follows constructivist rather than transmissive principles of learning fosters the growth of teacher efficacy, teaching enthusiasm, and job satisfaction and reduces emotional exhaustion.
Richter, D., Kunter, M., Lüdtke, O., Klusmann, U., Anders, Y. & Baumert, J. (2013). How different mentoring approaches affect beginning teachers' development in the first years of practice. Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 36(1), 166-177. Elsevier Ltd.