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Meeting the potential for mentoring in initial teacher education: mentors’ perspectives from the Lifelong Learning sector

Eliahoo, Rebecca (2009) Meeting the potential for mentoring in initial teacher education: mentors’ perspectives from the Lifelong Learning sector. Teaching in Lifelong Learning: a journal to inform and improve practice, 1 (2). pp. 64-75. ISSN 2040-0993

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5920/till.2009.1264

Abstract

Teaching in Lifelong Learning: a journal to inform and improve practice contested notions of subject pedagogy and a continuum of mentoring from the ‘jobsworth’ to the master mentor. This article reports on two linked action research projects which investigate the context and challenges of mentoring in the lifelong learning sector following a raft of reforms to initial teacher training (DfES 2002, DfES 2004, Ofsted 2003). In the research, mentors were asked to reflect on their experiences, interpretations of and training for their role and how they support subject pedagogy. The conclusion suggests that the government’s and regulatory bodies’ conflation of subject knowledge with subject pedagogy adds to the lack of coherent policy towards mentoring teacher trainees in the LLS; that mentor training should be re-focussed; and that mentoring should be as well funded and supported in the lifelong learning sector as it is in the schools sector.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mentoring, mentor training, initial teacher training, lifelong learning sector, subject pedagogy
Research Community:University of Westminster > Westminster Exchange
ID Code:9219
Deposited On:29 Mar 2011 16:50
Last Modified:18 Jun 2013 12:39

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