Search results for: Hobson Andrew J.
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Mentoring substructures and superstructures: an extension and reconceptualisation of the architecture for teacher mentoring
This paper presents the outcomes of an empirical investigation into the validity of Bryan Cunningham's thesis that the effectiveness of teacher mentoring is enhanced by a supportive institutional framework comprising eight ‘architectural design features’. It draws upon analyses of data from a mixed methods study of mentoring in the English Further Education sector. Data were generated via 40 semi-structured interviews with teachers, mentors and other stakeholders, and a national online survey of teachers of all subjects/vocational areas, completed by 392 respondents across all nine regions of England. The paper presents a reconceptualisation of the architecture for mentoring, which encompasses both a mentoring substructure and superstructure. Cunningham’s institutional architecture (reconceptualised as a mentoring substructure) is extended through the identification of additional design features, while limitations of the concept of an institutional mentoring architecture are exposed and evidence presented to show that a complementary superstructure is a necessary additional means of seeking to achieve optimally effective mentoring. A new research agenda is proposed to explore the extent to which the proposed mentoring substructure and superstructure are applicable in different professional and international contexts, and to identify common features of optimally supportive mentoring superstructures.
Updated: Jan. 09, 2021
‘Bringing Theory to Life’: Findings from an Evaluation of the Use of Interactive Video within an Initial Teacher Preparation Programme
The current article describes an evaluation of a project in England. The project used the internet to link a university teacher education faculty with local partner schools in which remotely operated Internet Protocol cameras and microphones were mounted in classrooms.
Updated: Jul. 26, 2011
'Teaching Could Be a Fantastic Job but …': Three Stories of Student Teacher Withdrawal from Initial Teacher Preparation Programmes in England
This article presents new findings that focus on the experiences of three (ex-)student teachers who did not complete their ITP. Having conducted in-depth interviews, the authors attempt to understand the experiences, emotions and decisions of three people who committed themselves to ITP, invested much energy and time, but in the end withdrew. The reasons for their decision to withdraw from ITP are numerous and complex. These three case studies provide some insights for teacher educators regarding the obstacles, both personal and course-related, that can impede successful completion of pre-service education and entry to the profession.
Updated: Sep. 19, 2010
This article reports the findings of a review of the international research literature on mentoring beginning teachers. Research identifies a range of potential benefits and costs associated with mentoring. It suggests that the key to maximizing the former and minimizing the latter lies in the realization of a number of conditions for successful mentoring, such as the effective selection and preparation of mentors.
Updated: Jan. 19, 2009
The article describes a longitudinal study regarding the experience of beginning teachers in England. The study set out to explore the students' motivations for deciding on teacher education programs, their preconceptions and expectations of teaching, and their early experiences as student teachers. The findings suggest that the core features of the experience relate to teacher identity, role of relationships, the notion of relevance, and the central presence of emotion.
Updated: Jan. 14, 2008