Title

From swan to ugly duckling? Mentoring dynamics and preservice teachers' readiness to teach

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Edith Cowan University

Place of Publication

Western Australia

School

School of Education

Comments

Originally published as: Izadinia, M. (2017). From swan to ugly duckling? Mentoring dynamics and preservice teachers’ readiness to teach. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 42(7), 5. Article available here.

Abstract

This study focuses on two preservice teachers who experienced significantly different mentoring relationships in their two placements during a one-year teaching degree in a university in Western Australia. Data were collected through three rounds of semistructured interviews, reflective journals and classroom observations. The findings indicated that mentor teachers' mentoring styles considerably informed the preservice teachers' perceptions of themselves as teachers and facilitated or inhibited their professional development. Implications for practice include teacher education programs invest more time and rigour in selecting and preparing mentors for their crucial role.

DOI

10.14221/ajte.2017v42n7.5

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