Researching mentoring, developing researchers: a parallel approach to research and development in teacher education

Vincent, K. and Webb, P. (2018) Researching mentoring, developing researchers: a parallel approach to research and development in teacher education. In: 2017 ATEE Annual Conference - Changing Perspectives and Approaches in Contemporary Teaching, October 2017, Dubrovnik. (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper takes an interpretive approach in examining how institutional support has facilitated newer teacher educators’ professional learning as researchers whilst undertaking a research project about mentoring in teacher education.

The research project took place within a faculty of education in England and asked; what supports mentors’ professional development?

Acknowledging that mentoring is a social practice and can be seen as ‘doings, sayings and relatings’ (Kemmis et al, 2014), the team adopted a thematic approach to the analysis of data (Strauss and Corbin, 2009) and discovered that what supports the professional learning of mentors also supported their own professional learning: These include knowledge of one’s own educational aims and principles, support and resourcing, taking advantage of diverse opportunities, opportunities to practice and understand how to undertake research and developing strong relationships and reflecting on these in order to develop pedagogically excellent practice.

This paper demonstrates that including novice teacher educator researchers in faculty projects builds capacity and expertise and can help to improve and maintain quality within the challenging context of English teacher education.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Teacher education; mentoring; developing researchers; professional learning
Subjects: L Education
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Education > School of Teacher Education and Development
Depositing User: Mrs Karen Vincent
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2018 09:05
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2018 13:22
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17279

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