Section archive - Mentoring & Supervision
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The goal of this article is to examine preservice teachers’ perceptions of their learning and teaching experiences in a mentor’s classroom during a year-long field-based placement in a high-need urban school. In addition, the authors sought to examine how the experiences contributed to their professional growth and development as future teachers. The findings indicate that preservice teachers placed in a year-long residency with a supportive mentor experienced a pedagogical fulcrum as they gained confidence while balancing their course learning, authentic involvement in the classroom, and praxis. Additionally, they navigated the tributaries of professionalism as they transitioned from student to educator. The findings suggest that preservice teachers benefited from mentors who were able to help them implement their course learning, and explained the nuances of their pedagogical approaches.
Updated: Dec. 16, 2015
Collaborative Application of the Adaptive Mentorship© Model: The Professional and Personal Growth within a Research Triad
This article aims to describe a qualitative action research study into the collective experiences of establishing a mentoring culture within a research triad consisting of a university professor together with a doctoral student and a master’s level student who served as research assistants (RA). The authors believe the establishment of the mentoring culture facilitated the identification of individual needs within the triad, which in turn allowed for increased confidence, adaptive support, and appropriate skills development necessary for all members to contribute to the successful completion of the project. The authors concluded that the application of the model to graduate RAships with multiple participants might lead to enhancement of working environments and professional growth due to multiple contact-points and exposures to specific tasks or skill-sets around which the work is organized.
Updated: Dec. 06, 2015
The purpose of this article is to explore how mentors can act as change agents for social justice. It examines mentors’ roles in initial teacher education in the lifelong learning sector (LLS) and how critical spaces can be opened up to promote a flow of mentor, trainee teacher, learner and community empowerment. The findings reveal that LLS mentors and trainee teachers are uncertain about their roles. In the UK and several countries, mentoring is dominated by an instrumental assessment-focused approach, whereby social justice is marginalised. In contrast, what the authors call social justice mentors establish collaborative democratic mentoring relationships, create spaces for critical reflection, support trainees to experience different cultures, develop inclusive critical pedagogies, and generally act as advocates and foster passion for social justice.
Updated: Nov. 11, 2015
This paper examines seven literacy coaches’ digital note-taking practices using mobile technology and their influence on reflective practice. The study investigated the coaches’ transition from note-taking by paper and pencil to the note-taking application Evernote. Findings suggest that successful integration and future acceptance of mobile technology for reflective practices depends not only on its usability, but also on the types of professional development provided to the user.
Updated: Nov. 10, 2015
The purpose of this article is to define and describe the mentoring mindset in a protégé. A definition of the protégé's mentoring mindset was created after analysis of the interview data, and indicators of the presence and absence of the mindset were formulated into a Protégé Mentoring Mindset Framework that provides information on protégé competencies. The protégé with a mentoring mindset takes initiative, possesses a learning orientation, has a goal orientation, is relational and reflective. Conversely, the protégé who does not have a mentoring mindset lacks initiative, lacks a learning orientation, a goal orientation, and is not relational or reflective.
Updated: Nov. 03, 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 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.
Updated: Nov. 02, 2015
The main focus of this research was to assess the impact of a mentoring scheme in facilitating integration amongst first-year international students who come from different ethnic, cultural, sociocultural and socio-economic backgrounds so that they become effective learners. The findings indicated that international students suffer from acute disorientation in their new institution. They find the new academic and social culture daunting. The author concludes that the lessons learned from it together with many of the suggestions which emerged from the focus group discussions, are included in the current mentoring scheme. The success of the mentoring scheme facilitated the transition of first-year international students, encouraged a sense of community and actually created a community amongst the international student cohort.
Updated: Nov. 01, 2015
The focus of this study is the practice of mentoring as perceived by key participants, and the backdrop is the changing training context. Particularly, this research aims to understand mentoring of student teachers as a practice-based learning process situated within the school as a workplace, and for the purposes of sustaining the working practices and staffing of that workplace. Experiences of mentoring in this specific case study of initial teacher education vary but there are common constraints and affordances. This research suggests that the wider value placed on mentoring within the workplace-orientated context of initial teacher education matters. Furthermore, the socio-cultural context within which mentoring occurs also has a significant impact, and indeed the extent to which the mentors are afforded the necessary time and mentor education to fulfil their role.
Updated: Oct. 12, 2015
This article aims to develop a deeper understanding of how to implement a professional development training strategy for the Adaptive Mentorship (AM) model. It also interested to explore how cooperating teachers used the model, not only to assist pre-service teachers in their development, but also to reflect on their role as a mentor. The findings reveal that by the end of the second year 84 percent of the cooperating teachers said they “did or mostly did” understand the AM model after the seminar. Less than half of the cooperating teachers recommended that the AM model should be used at seminar. Of the rest, while 21 percent were not in favor of the AM model being used, 37 percent would consider using it at seminar. The findings in this study suggest that for many cooperating teachers the notion of reciprocal development had not yet permeated their consciousness.
Updated: Sep. 21, 2015
The goal of this article is to examine diversified mentoring relationships (DMRs) at a mid-sized Midwestern state university (MMSU) in the USA. The author conducted semi-structured interviews with 14 MMSU faculty members and professional personnel who comprised seven diversified mentoring dyads. The author used a thematic analysis of the data, grounded in the literature on developmental relationships and relational dialectics theory (RDT). The findings reveal tensions that diversified mentoring dyads experienced, as well as communication strategies that dyad members used to manage these tensions.
Updated: Sep. 21, 2015