Mentor teachers' perception of motivation toward their personal learning and toward their attitude about teaching in an elementary professional development school

Open Access
Lee, Kayeon
Graduate Program:
Curriculum and Instruction
Master of Science
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
Committee Members:
  • Bernard Joel Badiali, Thesis Advisor
  • Rachel Marie Wolkenhauer, Thesis Advisor
  • William Carlsen, Thesis Advisor
  • Mentor teachers' perception
  • Mentor teachers' motivation
  • Mentor teachers' attitude
  • Professional development schools
This study explores the motivations and attitude changes of three mentor teachers who work at an elementary school in the State College Area School District as a part of a professional development school (PDS) partnership with Florence State University (pseudonym). The research specifically aims to investigate the way that PDS participation affects mentor teachers’ perception of their motivation to learn and try new teaching practices, and their attitude toward the job. In addition, the influence of particular PDS activities on mentor-teachers’ motivations was examined in this study. Open-ended questionnaires and semi-structured interviews were conducted with a qualitative approach. Findings of this research demonstrated that changes in mentor-teachers’ motivation and attitudes have important implications for the role of PDS participants and future professional development programs.