Telementoring: A Teacher’s Perspective of the Effectiveness of the International Telementor Program
The purpose of this study is to inform the reader how K-12 teachers perceive the idea of using telementoring in their classrooms. Teachers in this study evaluated the effectiveness of the International Telementor Program (ITP), which is one of the world’s largest formal telementoring programs. The International Telementor Program creates matches between industry professionals from ITP sponsor companies and students (4th grade through college) targeting specific communities around the world. The ITP program creates project-based online mentoring support for students and teachers in classrooms and home environments with a focus on serving a diverse student population. Since 1995 over 11,000 students have been served throughout nine countries. Teachers provided their insights of the benefits and challenges of working in the International Telementor Program in the K-12 setting. Teachers gave responses using both quantitative and qualitative formats.