Section archive - Mentoring & Supervision
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In this paper the authors articulate a view of mentoring that extends into interactive and relational forms, fostering a redefinition of traditional roles and practices within mentor-protg models. From the perspectives of a senior administrator and two assistant professors, the authors revisit the mentoring spaces and relations within which the authors were engaged while working in an approach to arts-based educational research. The authors analyzed their work together while deconstructing the ways in which the authors have supported and unsettled each other. Through narrative inquiry the authors share reflections from dissertation research experiences.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2010
This paper describes the way four school-based teacher educators fulfill their role as educators of student teachers who learn how to teach while participating in the workplace. The authors use tools (e.g., apprenticeship assignments) developed within the teacher education institute and rely on their professional knowledge as experienced schoolteachers. The results indicate that student teachers being provided with useful tricks which, however, hardly helps them to interpret and elaborate their experiences from a more conceptual or theoretical perspective.
Updated: Feb. 10, 2010
Fostering a Theoretical and Practical Understanding of Teaching as a Relational Process: A Feminist Participatory Study of Mentoring a Doctoral Student
The authors desired a mentoring approach for graduate students in education that would foster an understanding and practice of teaching as a relational process. This article provides a practitioner account of an action research study focused on the development of such an approach. In a semester-long feminist participatory study, the authors utilized weekly dialogues, reflective journals, classroom observations and written documents to explore the mentoring experience of one graduate advisor, one graduate teaching assistant, and two critical friends.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2010
The work of teacher candidates matters in particular ways to the quality of children's experiences and environments when they teach in preschools. Dialogues allowed mentors and candidates to reinterpret their images of children and in some cases renew instructional approaches and act against standardized forms of accountability, which limited curriculum and pedagogic choice.
Updated: Dec. 23, 2009
The research project Adaptive Teaching Competency seeks to conceptualise the processes of tuning teaching to individual students' learning needs and to empirically test, within the field of science teaching, to what extent Adaptive Teaching Competency can be fostered through teacher education. 32 primary and secondary teachers took part in an intervention to foster their Adaptive Teaching Competency based on content-focused coaching whilst 18 teachers formed the control group.
Updated: Dec. 21, 2009
It is critical that both teacher educators and supervising teachers provide strategies to strengthen pre-service teachers' beliefs and maintain their motivation. In this article, a strength-based mentoring model in teacher education is presented. Furthermore, measures and strategies developed from different strength-based theories are applied to the six elements of this model.
Updated: Dec. 07, 2009
Three significant impediments to mentoring success have been identified in the literature: insufficient time; mentors' lack of professional expertise; and personality mismatches. To address these issues, a skills training program was developed in Victoria. This program utilized the principles of adult attachment theory and time-limited therapy. The model was introduced to principals across grade levels. The results indicated significant improvement in the skills set and confidence levels of mentors (i.e. experienced school principals).
Updated: Dec. 07, 2009
Situating Pre-service Reading Teachers as Tutors: Implications of Teacher Self-efficacy on Tutoring Elementary Students
This study examined the impact of high teacher efficacy on tutoring elementary students in reading. The research also examined whether high efficacy was correlated with reading strategy use. The Teacher Sense of Efficacy Scale (TSES) was adapted to create a reading-specific teacher efficacy scale. The findings suggest that pre-service teachers' efficacy did not affect their reading strategy use while tutoring elementary students.
Updated: Dec. 07, 2009
This article reports on a study of associate teachers' perspectives about their roles in supporting pre-service teachers as they integrate technology during the practicum. Content analysis of pre- and post-interview data from four associate teachers and survey responses revealed that associate teachers' roles varied across a continuum from mentor to co-learner in relation to technology integration.
Updated: Nov. 17, 2009
The purpose of this study was to contribute to and expand the scholarship on teaching and mentoring. The questions guiding this qualitative study were as follows: First, how do mentors gain their expertise? Second, what support do they need to promote their continued development? The context of this study was a teacher training academy. Data were collected from eight mentor teachers in three ways--through individual interviews, focus group interviews, and participant observation. Results indicate that mentors conceptualized their work into two distinct roles: teaching and mentoring. Recommendations are provided for developing and supporting mentors' practice.
Updated: Jul. 15, 2009