Effects of E-mentoring on Mathematics Interns in Teacher Education in Ghana

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Nyala, I.J
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Education is a major tool for national socio-economic development and for individual socio-economic empowerment and poverty reduction (Ibidapo-Obe, 2007). The educational system is vital, because it produces the personnel that are required to function in various facets of national life and development process. However, a major challenge for the educational system in Africa is the production of qualified teachers to teach at various levels of the educational system in sufficient numbers. This situation has arisen as a result of a combination of factors including non combination of theory and practice in the training of pre-service teachers, inadequate initial preparation for incoming teachers into the field, lack of in-service training programmes for the already existing teachers and relatively low remuneration and recognition for teachers (Anamuah-Mensah, 2008). These have adverse effects on the quality of teachers produced for the Ghanaian educational institutions. In recognition of its core responsibilities for the production of quality teachers to teach at various levels of the educational system, the Teacher Training Institutions in Ghana over the years took steps to enhance the quality of its products through a Student Internship Programme which requires pre-service teachers to experience teaching under the guidance of a mentor. Unfortunately, the mentoring system is failing as it is not giving the type of support expected of mentors. There are alternate modes of mentoring that can enhance pre-service teachers’ professional abilities with adequate support from other professionals, other than face-to-face mentoring only. This study seeks to explore the effectiveness of such modes as the e-mentoring the blended and the face-to-face mentoring modes.
A Thesis Submitted to the School of Postgraduate Studies, University of Lagos
Poverty reduction , Educational System , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education , Mentoring , Mathematics
Nyala, I.J (2012). Effects of E-mentoring on Mathematics Interns in Teacher Education in Ghana. A Thesis Submitted to University of Lagos School of Postgraduate Studies Phd Thesis and Dissertation, 273pp.