ERIC Number: EJ721700
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-1
Reference Count: 24
Mentors' Perceptions of Their Roles in Mentoring Student Teachers
Kwan, Tammy; Lopez-Real, Francis
Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, v33 n3 p275-287 Nov 2005
Mentoring may be seen as a process that helps student teachers become professional teachers. In this context, a variety of significant roles played by mentors have been identified in the literature. This paper reports on mentors' perceptions of the most important roles selected from a given list, as revealed through questionnaire and interview data. This analysis forms part of a large-scale evaluative project of a school-university partnership scheme initiated by the University of Hong Kong. The findings indicate overwhelming attention given to the role of "provider of feedback", which stresses the provision of pragmatic advice given to student teachers according to their personal strengths and weaknesses. However, for those mentors whose perception of the most important role had changed over time, the direction of change was towards roles such as "counselor", "equal partner" and "critical friend", which emphasize a more relational aspect of working together with student teachers to achieve professional development.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mentors, Student Teachers, Feedback, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Role, Master Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong