Exemplary Teacher Support

By: Odelia Epstein
KC Topics: 
Recruitment & Retention of Teachers, Professional Development, JDS Research

A 2001 article by Sharon Feiman- Nemser ( Michigan State University) describes how one exemplary support teacher defines and enacts his role with beginning teachers. On the basis of 10 hours of interview data and 20 hours of observational data, the article illustrates specific principles and strategies that shape Pete Frazer’s mentoring practice and discusses how he learned to do this kind of work. As a close study of thoughtful practice, the article offers a vision of “educative” mentoring and some ideas about the conditions needed to sustain it.