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ERIC Number: EJ949435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-1361-1267
Critical Thinking, Caring and Professional Agency: An Emerging Framework for Productive Mentoring
Mooney Simmie, Geraldine; Moles, Joanne
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v19 n4 p465-482 2011
In this paper, we report on a mentoring programme which provides an accreditation pathway to a master's level qualification. The paper served three purposes. First, informed by selected literature on education we caution against expedient reductionist models that are based solely on novice-expert mentoring relationships with limited facility for critical inquiry. Second, we present an evolving theoretical framework for "productive mentoring" based on our critique of a preferred academic literature and interactions with mentor teachers, school principals and teacher educators. We proactively encouraged an awareness of societal norms and traditions that can appear as counterculture to critical thinking. Lastly, we consider some implications for "productive mentoring" as an academic, caring and professional practice within a continuum of teacher education. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland