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ERIC Number: EJ936328
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0045-0685
10 Good Reasons to Mentor a Student Teacher: Advantages for Supervising Mathematics Teachers and Their Classes
Cavanagh, Michael; Prescott, Anne
Australian Mathematics Teacher, v67 n2 p6-10 2011
The authors have been conducting research with early career secondary mathematics teachers in metropolitan Sydney, focusing particularly on the professional experiences of student teachers. As part of the research, 12 supervising teachers were visited at their schools. Seven of them were interviewed individually about their role in developing the knowledge and skills of student teachers during the professional experience. The remaining five teachers were unavailable for interview and responded to the core interview questions in a written survey. The teachers had a range of experience in the classroom (4-30 years) and in supervision (1-20 student teachers). They were asked why they had decided to take on their mentoring role and about the benefits they and their students gained from having a student teacher in the classroom. Their responses are summarised in this article. The article concludes that supporting a student teacher provides supervisors with a unique opportunity to influence the future of the teaching profession in a very practical way that ensures they have a significant role in improving the quality of new graduates.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia