Title

A closer look at the role of mentor teachers in shaping preservice teachers' professional identity

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Elsevier

School

School of Education

RAS ID

21654

Comments

Originally published as: Izadinia, M. (2015) A closer look at the role of mentor teachers in shaping preservice teachers' professional identity. Teaching and Teacher Education. 52, 1-10. Original article available here

Abstract

This paper focuses on the extent to which mentoring relationships played a role in creating changes in the professional identity of seven preservice teachers. Semi-structured interviews, observations and reflective journals were used to document the changes experienced by participants as they went through their two placements during their one-year teacher education course. The data indicated that when the mentoring relationships were positive and expectations were met, preservice teachers felt more confident as a teacher. However, for some participants, who experienced a partially negative mentoring relationship, their confidence declined and they felt they did not improve. Implications for practice are discussed.

DOI

10.1016/j.tate.2015.08.003

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Open access

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