Developing peer mentoring support for TAFE students entering 1st-year university early childhood studies

Heirdsfield, Ann M., Walker, Sue, & Walsh, Kerryann M. (2005) Developing peer mentoring support for TAFE students entering 1st-year university early childhood studies. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 26(4), pp. 423-436.

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At Queensland University of Technology (QUT, Australia), in the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), Technical and Further Education (TAFE) students (with a Diploma) enrol with Advanced Standing (one year’s credit). These students share many challenges faced by first year university students – workload, technology, academic orientation and application. They also experience feelings of isolation and uncertainty in dealing with the “university culture‿ (Cantwell & Scevak, 2004; Dickson, 2000). Often, they do not perform as well academically and their attrition rates are higher than those for first year students and the remainder of the BEd (EC) cohort (Strategic Information & Analysis Division of Finance, Resources, Planning, QUT, 2003). This project addresses issues facing these students in their transition to University by developing an integrated and contextualised mentoring program designed specifically for their needs. Nine Early Childhood third and fourth year students were enlisted as mentors to groups of approximately six transition TAFE students. In this paper we discuss the dynamics of the mentoring scheme and future directions for mentoring projects within the BEd (EC).

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ID Code: 3041
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information:
Keywords: Peer Mentoring, Higher Education, Teacher Education, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/10901020500413262
ISSN: 1745-5642
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education 26(4):pp. 423-436.
Deposited On: 11 Jan 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:11

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