Date of Award

1-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Abdelrahman Al Nuaimi

Second Advisor

Mohamad AbdelDayem

Third Advisor

Dr. Ali S. AlKaabi

Abstract

Mentoring is an important teacher professional development strategy that can produce a pool of quality early childhood educators. The purpose of this study was to investigate the perception of Kindergarten teachers participating in the mentorship program implemented by Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) on value of mentorship practice, quality of mentor and mentor’s impact on their teaching and professional development. The study was completed at ten Kindergarten schools in Al Ain educational zone. The subjects of 150 teachers participated in a survey to determine if they perceive the quality of mentors and their impact on improving teaching practices and professional development for teachers in Kindergarten schools.

The findings of the study indicated that most of Kindergarten teachers in the sample perceive mentorship process as tool to positively impact their teaching. The findings on the mentee’s perception of the personal attributes that are associated to the effective mentorship. The findings of the study also indicated a significant impact of mentors and mentorship practice on teaching practices and teachers’ professional development in Kindergarten schools as most participants believe that mentorship process has made them better teachers.

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