Analysing mentoring dialogues for developing a preservice teacher’s classroom management practices

Sempowicz, Tracey & Hudson, Peter B. (2011) Analysing mentoring dialogues for developing a preservice teacher’s classroom management practices. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 36(8), pp. 1-16.

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Mentors (cooperating classroom teachers) have a shared responsibility with universities for developing preservice teachers’ pedagogical practices, particularly towards becoming reflective practitioners. Preservice teachers need to participate actively in their own learning, by reflecting and acting on the mentor’s constructive feedback provided during planning and feedback dialogue sessions. This case study uses feedback practices outlined within a five-factor mentoring model to analyse dialogue between a mentor and her respective mentee during different stages in their school-based programs (first practicum). This investigation uses multiple data sources such as video and audio-recorded interviews, archival documents from participants such as lesson plans, reflections and reports to examine preservice teacher’s reflections and implementations of practice as a result of her mentor’s feedback (e.g., establish expectations, review lesson plans, observe teaching then provide oral and written feedback, and evaluate progress). Findings indicated that reflective thinking was more apparent when the mentor did not dominate conversations but instead asked astute pedagogical knowledge questions to facilitate the mentee’s reflections on practice.

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ID Code: 45880
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: mentoring, preservice teacher, mentor, feedback, reflective practice, HERN
ISSN: 0313-5373
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 14 Sep 2011 23:58
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 23:24

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