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Web-based Education for Mentors of Newly Qualified Teachers: Challenges and Opportunities
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Culture Studies, Religious Studies and Educational Sciences. (Forskargruppen Induction)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5592-2964
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to report on a research project concerning a web-based (online) course for mentors of newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Research on mentor education in general is actually quite sparse (cf. Iucu & Stingu, 2013; Wang & Odell, 2002). In an overview of mentor education for mentors of NQTs (Aspfors & Fransson, re-submitted), it was found that only ten articles had been published on the subject in peer-reviewed scientific journals and that only two of them focused on mentor education facilitated by web-based software, technologies and pedagogies (McCrary & Mazur’, 2008; Sinclair, 2003). In this study, a mixed-method approach of questionnaires and interviews was used to collect the data. The major benefits of the web-based mentor course were found to be that it (a) facilitates distance studies, (b) allows people to study at their own pace, (c) makes it possible to listen to the recorded web-based lectures more than once, and (d) facilitates reflection. The initial technical concerns and discomfort with web-based interaction was mainly overcome during the course. The conclusions are that mentor-related content can be mediated in web-based form, that the teaching of such a course requires competence in mentoring and in the design and facilitation of online learning and the ability to deal with technical challenges that arise.

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Aspfors, J. & Fransson, G. (Re-submit). [details removed for peer review] Article re-submitted to international peer-reviewed journal. Iucu, R. & Sting, M. 2013. Training Induction Mentors: alternative policy scenarios of Romanian educational system. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences 76, 931–934. McCrary, N.E. & Mazur, J.M. (2010). Conceptualizing a narrative simulation to promote dialogic reflection: using a multiple outcome design to engage teacher mentors. Educational Technology Research and Development, 58(3), 325–342. Sinclair, C. (2003). Mentoring Online about Mentoring: possibilities and practice. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning 11(1), 79–94. Wang, J. and S. J. Odell. 2002. Mentored Learning to Teach According to Standards-Based Reform: A Critical Review. Review of Educational Research, 72(3), 481–546.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. 2752- p.
Keyword [en]
E-learning, Web-based, mentor education, mentor training, teacher, mentoring, teacher induction
Keyword [sv]
Mentorsutbildning, e-lärande, mentor, nya lärare
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-19166OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-19166DiVA: diva2:800381
Conference
ECER 2015, The European Conference on Educational Research, 'Education and Transition - Contributions from Educational Research', 8-11 september 2015, Corvinus University, Budapest, Bulgarien
Projects
Induction-projektet
Available from: 2015-04-02 Created: 2015-04-02 Last updated: 2016-08-16Bibliographically approved

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