Mentoring in Educational Contexts (EDUF3028)


Mentoring is increasingly used to assist in transitional educational situations such as the transition to teaching, transition from primary to high school and transition from junior to senior school. Mentoring provides the mentee with the opportunity to make meaning of their experiences and to share these experiences with the mentor. Mentoring also ensures that the mentee has support, guidance and challenge within the unfamiliar community of practice they are entering. In educational contexts mentoring as theory and practice has assumed critical importance in introducing pre-service teachers to the professional practice of teaching. Seminars use an inquiry based pedagogy which emphasises collaborative learning. Students examine mentoring in schools and universities and other organisational structures. Students use a range of sociological theories and constructs and engage in intensive reading of research in order to develop a critical understanding of mentoring as professional practice and to devise a mentor programme suitable for implementation in an educational setting of their own choosing.

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1x1-hr lecture/wk for 9wks, 1x2-hr seminar/wk for 9wks


2500wd group assignment (40%), 3000wd group presentation and written assignment (50%), 1000wd individual written reflection assignment (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?


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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

42 credit points of units

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