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Current models of initial teacher training (ITT) in England include substantial elements of school-based experience developed in collaborative partnerships with local schools involving university tutors working with experienced classroom teachers. This article focuses on a small-scale research project in which mentor and trainee dialogue is examined. Activity theory analysis was chosen as the methodological framework to be used to identify actions and changes in the organisation of teacher-education partnerships which sought to increase focus on pedagogical content knowledge as part of day-to-day reflection on trainees’ development in the school.
Updated: Jul. 25, 2010
Culturally Responsible Mentoring: Exploring the Impact of an Alternative Approach for Preparing Student Teachers for Diversity
This study argues that culturally responsible mentoring (CRM) is one way to help student teachers put multicultural education into practice. This study examines the impact CRM has on preservice teachers learning to teach in diverse classrooms. The findings demonstrate that CRM helps preservice teachers become critical thinkers about the cultural contexts in which they work. CRM also assists them in developing equitable and inclusive practices for their particular students.
Updated: Jun. 22, 2010
This study examines how the author’s experience as a classroom teacher shaped the pedagogical decisions which the author made during his first semester as a university supervisor. Furthermore, this self-study provides an insider’s account of the author’s practice as a novice university supervisor. The findings suggest that the author constructed a pedagogy of field-based teacher education. This pedagogy was guided by a rationale which the author terms in loco paedagogus, whereby the author instructs students based on how the author would react in a similar situation.
Updated: Jun. 20, 2010
In the context of developing mentor teachers' use of supervisory skills, two consecutive studies were conducted, using stimulated recall. 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: May. 09, 2010
Transformative Learning-Based Mentoring for Professional Development of Teacher Educators in Information and Communication Technologies: An Approach for an Emerging Country
The purpose of the present study is to suggest a structure of one-to-one mentoring based on the transformative learning theory in order to meet professional development in ICT. In the scope of this study, in order to meet professional development in ICT in Turkey, the characteristics and the functioning of the structure of one-to-one mentoring based on the transformative learning theory are explained. Finally, the present study puts forward some suggestions regarding the application of the structure and mentions the contributions of the structure to professional development in ICT.
Updated: Apr. 07, 2010
This paper focuses on the professional and academic development of teacher educators in relation to research. It draws on findings from a small-scale, comparative study of teacher educators in two higher education institutions in the south of England. Twelve interviews—with three teacher educators and three research mentors from each university—were carried out. The authors conclude that the need for an entitlement to and protection of research time is stressed, as well as a range of supportive practices within an active research culture. The authors argue that this aspect of teacher educators’ professional development requires as much attention as the pedagogical aspects of their role.
Updated: Apr. 06, 2010
'It's All About Paying Attention!' … But to What? The '6 Ms' of Mentoring the Professional Learning of Teacher Educators
This article reports the findings of the authors' self-studies of their role as the mentors of groups of teacher educator colleagues, who were themselves engaged in action research on their work with teachers as their chosen mode of professional learning. From these studies of mentoring the professional learning of teacher educator colleagues, the authors have developed a conceptual model for 'contextually responsive mentoring' in teacher education. This model proposes that there are (at least) six core preoccupations of practice that tend to dominate teacher educators' thinking when engaged in these kinds of professional learning enquiries.
Updated: Apr. 06, 2010
The study explores a possible method of facilitating and enhancing the professional development of teacher educators, by promoting professional insights through the discussion about pedagogical dilemmas. The inquiry into their own practice and discussions about pedagogical dilemmas proved to be ways of conducting self-study during the interactive team meetings. The goal of these meetings was to reflect on the supporting workshops whilst empowering the newly qualified teachers. It gave the mentors an all-important opportunity to rethink their practices and their underlying perceptions as well as their fundamental values.
Updated: Mar. 21, 2010
In this article, the author discusses some common themes found in her experiences as a Latina undergraduate student. During the summer of 2008, the author conducted fieldwork in a rural town in Mexico. The author discusses her experience as the only Latina student on this trip which were similar to those discussed by Latina scholars. The author considers the pros and cons of being an insider and an outsider to a rural town in Mexico, the use of Latinos as cultural brokers while denying their contributions as social scientists, and the blame she experienced for her lack of adjustment.
Updated: Mar. 02, 2010
This study examined eleven K-8 interns’ perceptions of their mathematics mentoring support provided to first-year teacher interns and factors that influenced their ability to teach mathematics. Semi-structured interviews revealed that district and grade-level campus mentors provided the greatest amount of mathematics instruction and pedagogically based support to interns. Three factors most instrumental in developing the ability to teach mathematics were (a) manipulative use, (b) planning of classroom instruction and activities, and (c) execution of the lesson.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2010