Teachers mentoring teachers: A process of reflection and rejuvenation

Beutel, Denise A. & Spooner-Lane, Rebecca S. (2008) Teachers mentoring teachers: A process of reflection and rejuvenation. In 8th international PEPE Conference. Practical learning: Achieving excellence in human services, 23-25 January 2008, Edinburgh. (In Press)


Teaching is one of the few professions in which newly trained individuals take on immediate and full responsibility and are held accountable in the same way as their more experienced colleagues (Pitton, 2006). Mentoring is viewed as a key strategy to guide and support beginning teachers learning to teach and thus to improve the quality of learning. While many experienced teachers become mentors to their less experienced colleagues they often do so without training, yet mentors are most effective when they receive formal training. The purpose of this paper is to report on the implementation and evaluation of a mentoring program designed to develop mentoring capacities in experienced teachers through engagement in dialogue and reflection. Implications for the development of future mentoring programs which promote the continued professional development of both mentors and mentees are discussed.

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ID Code: 12917
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Mentoring of Experienced Teachers
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Practical Experiences in Professional Education (PEPE)
Deposited On: 06 Mar 2008
Last Modified: 20 May 2010 02:29

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