Chapter 1: Introduction-The Roles and Process of Mentoring

Griffin, Linda L.; Ayers, Suzan F.
October 2005
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Oct2005, Vol. 24 Issue 4, p297
Academic Journal
In this article, the authors bring together three different studies about mentoring across the physical education profession. Given the complex and challenging nature of educators. work, the notion that educators in various settings and career paths should have mentors to guide them through skill development and workplace management has become increasingly accepted. Mentoring has generally been perceived as a positive relationship that enhances the lives of protégés. The extent to which mentors are meaningfully engaged in the mentoring process might have a significant impact on the retention of a protégés and/or the success of a program. The existing physical education mentoring literature contains two distinct areas of research which focus on beginning teachers and higher education faculty. Findings from these studies indicated that pretenure faculty seek clearer criteria for job performance, collegial support and mentoring, and regular evaluation and feedback as important factors for facilitating roles as faculty and reducing stress.


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