Title page for ETD etd-01242009-063105

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hill, Lynn T.
URN etd-01242009-063105
Title Mentoring partnerships in early childhood education :three case studies
Degree Master of Science
Department Family and Child Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Sawyers, Janet K. Committee Chair
Fu, Victoria R. Committee Member
Stremmel, Andrew J. Committee Member
  • Early childhood teachers
Date of Defense 1994-04-05
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This study examined the partnerships of three mentor/protege teacher dyads in early childhood education. Particular attention was paid to the impact of the relationship on the job satisfaction and teaching practices of the participants. Quantitative data were gathered through the Early Childhood Job Satisfaction Survey and through the Teaching Practices Observation Scale. Qualitative data were gathered through the use of in-depth interviews and teacher journals. Findings support the conclusion that mentoring partnerships can provide for enhanced professional development for all participants when a strong personal connection can be forged. Strategies for effective mentoring programs are suggested.

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