Mentoring Across Teacher Career Stages
- Beverly J. Irby, Beverly J. IrbyTexas A&M University
- Nahed AbdelrahmanNahed AbdelrahmanTexas A&M University
- and Rafael Lara-AlecioRafael Lara-AlecioTexas A&M University
In education, mentoring is generally defined as a supporting and guiding relationship between an experienced teacher and a preservice or in-service teacher with less experience. Individual studies regarding mentoring in teachers’ specific career trajectories have been conducted; however, a meta-study chronicling such trajectories—of published works on the mentoring of teachers across their career stages, phases, or trajectories—has not been accomplished. Based on a critical review of 1,051 studies, an overview of practical insights for those who mentor teachers or for teachers who are mentored across career levels, as well as an example of a teacher career phase model with mentoring can be observed.