Uncovering Contents of Mentor Teachers' Interactive Cognitions during Mentoring Dialogues

From Section:
Mentoring & Supervision
Feb. 28, 2010

This article was published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Volume 26, Issue 2, Author(s): Paul Hennissen, Frank Crasborn, Niels Brouwer, Fred Korthagen and Theo Bergen, “Uncovering Contents of Mentor Teachers' Interactive Cognitions during Mentoring Dialogues“, Pages 207-214, Copyright Elsevier (February 2010).

In the context of developing mentor teachers' use of supervisory skills, two consecutive studies were conducted, using stimulated recall.
Firstly, with eight participants, an instrument was developed to categorize contents of interactive cognitions.
Secondly, with 30 participants, the instrument was applied to uncover contents of mentor teachers' interactive cognitions, before and after training in supervisory skills.

After training, mentor teachers demonstrate an increased awareness of their use of supervisory skills. This indicates that mentor teachers not only seem to emphasize pupil learning and needs when conducting a mentoring dialogue, but simultaneously focus on their own supervisory behavior.

Updated: Jan. 17, 2017
Cognitive processes | Interpersonal communication | Mentors | Professional development | Supervisory practice