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

Eliahoo, R. 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.

TitleMeeting the potential for mentoring in initial teacher education: mentors’ perspectives from the Lifelong Learning sector
AuthorsEliahoo, R.
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.

KeywordsMentoring, mentor training, initial teacher training, lifelong learning sector, subject pedagogy
JournalTeaching in Lifelong Learning: a journal to inform and improve practice
Journal citation1 (2), pp. 64-75
ISSN2040-0993
YearOct 2009
PublisherCross-SETT
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.5920/till.2009.1264
Publication dates
PublishedOct 2009

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