Learning about being effective mentors : professional learning communities and mentoring

Hudson, Peter B., Hudson, Sue M., Gray, Brian, & Bloxham, Ray (2012) Learning about being effective mentors : professional learning communities and mentoring. In 3rd World Conference on Learning, Teaching and Educational Leadership, 25-28 October 2012, Maison N.-D. Chat d'Oiseau Brusells, Luxemburg - Belgium.

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This study aimed to explore experienced mentors’ understandings about professional learning communities (PLCs), mentoring and leadership. This research analyses audio-taped transcripts and written responses from 27 experienced mentors who operate in varied roles (e.g., university academics, school executives, teachers, learning support personnel). Findings indicated that PLCs can provide professional renewal for existing teachers and that mentoring within PLCs can further advance knowledge about effective practices. PLCs can include other staff members and key stakeholders (e.g., preservice teachers, teacher aides) who can contribute to the learning within the group. Mentoring and PLCs can be cost-effective strategic levers for advancing professional knowledge.

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ID Code: 56846
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Also published in Procedia : Social and Behavioral Sciences, 93, pp. 1291-1300.
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Keywords: PLC, professional learning community, leadership, mentoring
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 > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 11 Feb 2013 03:31
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2013 20:23

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