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Mentors in the Making: Developing New Leaders for New Teachers


reviewed by Robert V. Bullough, Jr. February 03, 2006

coverTitle: Mentors in the Making: Developing New Leaders for New Teachers
Author(s): Betty Achinstein and Steven Z. Athanases (Eds.)
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807746363, Pages: 196, Year: 2006
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Betty Achinstein and Steven Athanases set the context for Mentors in the Making by noting several challenges facing education in the twenty-first century:  the need for literally millions of new teachers in the United States; high turn over among new teachers and the difficulties many beginners confront when teaching in “high-poverty communities”; and a range of work conditions that discourage a long-term commitment to teaching and limit opportunities for learning on the job while encouraging isolation and disengagement.  Underscoring the importance of quality teaching to student learning, they write: “Beyond retention, developing the quality of new professionals is paramount” (p. 4).  High-quality mentoring, they argue, is central to achieving both aims.  But not just any kind of mentoring will do:  “Mentoring is often limited to socio-emotional support, guidance in local policies, or technical suggestions for management, rather than reform-minded, standards-based teaching and critical reflection on practice to meet the needs... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 03, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12315, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 9:31:01 PM

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  • Robert Bullough, Jr.
    Brigham Young University
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    ROBERT V. BULLOUGH is professor of teacher education, Brigham Young University, and Emeritus Professor of Educational Studies, University of Utah. His most recent books include Uncertain Lives: Children of Promise and Teachers of Hope and (with Craig Kridel) With Adventurous Company: Stories of the Eight Year Study to be published by the State University Press of New York.
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