Monday, October 26, 2009

Progressive Needs of Mentoring

In a 1995 study of beginning educators, Furlong and Maynard* found five distinct stages of development and "focal concern:"

Early idealism
Personal survival
Dealing with difficulties
Moving On

Moves from "my needs" to a 'de-centre' view of focusing on the needs of their students.


Support and relationship needs evolve over time in online classrooms as well.

*Furlong, J. and Maynard, T. (1995). Mentoring student teachers the growth of professional knowledge. London and New York: Routledge.

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