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Listening to Mentor Teachers' Voices in Uncertain Times


Radford, R and Howells, K and Williamson, J, Listening to Mentor Teachers' Voices in Uncertain Times, Teacher Education In and For Uncertain Times, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd, D Heck, A Ambrosetti (ed), Singapore, pp. 67-81. ISBN 978-981-10-8648-9 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-981-10-8648-9_5


One characteristic of the uncertain times in teacher education is the complexity involved in operationalising the various standards and policy documents when little attention is given to how best to use the time in school-based practicum so that it is both educative and purposefl. This is a "wicked problem" to which various theories and literature miss the mark if not infrmed by tose at the coalfce. We argue that to navigate this complex terrain we need toinclude the voice of the mentor teacher. Up to this point, there has been a globa silence on the crucial importance of this voice. Yet, in many instances, the mentor teachers develop considerable expertise and professional judgements about how to produce confident, capable, resilient and reflective novice teachers. This voice needs to be recognised and listened to in, not only infrming policy and aticulating standards but in bridging the gap between policy and practice. Our research investigated how mentor teachers, working within a program where pre-service teachers had signifcant amounts of practicum time, and in a context of high Education Needs Index schools, understood teaching preservice teachers to teach. Through qualitative inquiry using the method of a case study, this chapter investigates the views of 30 mentor teachers across 12 schools (both primary and secondary). The broad themes fom our data analysis are relationships, reciprocity, responsibility and reflection. We argue that these aspects add a rich and crucial dimension to standard statements and pedagogy around school-based mentoring.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:relationships, mentoring, intentionality, teachers' voice, pre-service teacher education
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:Radford, R (Ms Ruth Radford)
UTAS Author:Howells, K (Dr Kerry Howells)
UTAS Author:Williamson, J (Professor John Williamson)
ID Code:127493
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-07-31
Last Modified:2018-09-06

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