Mentoring & Supervision (249 items)To section archive
This article aims to examine the critical features and outcomes of an Australian collaborative university- and school-partnership. This partnership was based on an immersion project for mentoring final year pre-service primary teachers in the area of special education. The findings reveal that this project provided scaffolded, authentic opportunities for pre-service teachers that were also beneficial for school staff, students and the school community. Mentors ensured that time spent in schools comprised a high-quality experience, and that pre-service teachers had formal opportunities to observe, discuss, trial and reflect upon theory and practice. The authors conclude that participants experienced real growth and challenges whilst being supported by school mentors and the university coordinator for the full academic year.
Updated: Mar. 11, 2018
‘I Owe to My Tutor Much of My Professional Development’: Looking at the Benefits of Tutoring as Perceived by the Tutees
This article presents a model of professional development that involves tutoring/mentoring. It also focuses on the interaction between tutor and tutee as perceived by the tutees. The study also found that tutees noted the required characteristics of a tutor. Furthermore, the authors identified three groups of elements regarding tutor's role as the most beneficial to the participants’ professional development, namely: modelling; usage of reflective methods; and bridging between the individual and the group. Finally, the participants in the study related to two central elements in tutors' work: professional and interpersonal.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2018
This study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of peer mentoring of undergraduate education students enrolled in core curriculum, writing-intensive courses. The findings indicated that there were similarities and differences in what students and mentors considered to be important characteristics of a peer mentor. Both students and mentors said that knowledge in the field of writing and good communication skills were the most important characteristics of undergraduate peer mentors (UPM). The results revealed the major constructs of a peer mentor program that students found most beneficial. The students mentioned feeling more comfortable going to their peer mentor for help and feeling less intimidated than if they had asked their instructor. In addition, the findings on the UPMS indicated that participating in the UPM program resulted in several benefits to peer mentors as well.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2018
Professional Development of Multi-experienced Educators through a Book Study: Fostering Mentoring Relationships
The authors examined how participants’ interactions during a book study influenced their perceptions of practice. Specifically, the authors were interested in understanding what the participants noticed from these interactions and how they conceptualized their thoughts from the mentorship engagement with others. The findings reveal that this book club was a positive experience for fostering partnerships and informal mentorship relationships. The participants were aware of their interactions with others and considered these relationships supportive for their careers. The authors conclude that implementing a book club as an informal professional development model may have positive outcomes for participants as they foster partnerships and develop increased understandings.
Updated: Feb. 20, 2018