Equality of Mentoring and Coaching Opportunity: Making Both Available to Pre-service Teachers

Mar. 01, 2015

Source: International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, Vol. 4 Iss: 1, pp.69 – 82, 2015

The purpose of this article is to explore why mentoring is preferred over coaching when supporting pre-service teachers, compared with other stages in a teacher’s career where coaching is more readily available.
The study focuses on data generated from interviews with senior teachers responsible for the induction of pre-service teachers within three UK-based secondary schools and compares this to findings about mentor and coach approaches used in other sectors or contexts.

The findings point towards an imbalance in the use of mentoring and coaching within education, with a particular underuse of coaching for pre-service teachers.
Some mentoring interventions are founded on a deficit model; therefore mentors of pre-service teachers could be helped and supported to make greater use of a mentor-coach integrated asset-based approach, which encourages the use of reflection and self-directed learning.

Schools using internal mentors for pre-service teachers, or internal coaches for post-qualified teachers, could benefit from understanding what a mentor-coach integrated approach might look like, founded on an asset-based model.
The literature is limited with regards to the use of coaching for pre-service teachers.
This article examines the use of mentoring and coaching within schools in a more balanced way; questioning the underlying beliefs about the purpose of mentoring and coaching and whether or not these are based on deficit or asset-based models.

Updated: Nov. 02, 2015