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Online (Web-based) Education for Mentors of Newly Qualified Teachers: Challenges and Opportunities
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Educational sciences. (Forskargruppen Induction)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5592-2964
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, ISSN 2046-6854, E-ISSN 2046-6862, Vol. 5, no 2, 111-126 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – 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). 

Design/methodology/approach – A mixed-method approach with questionnaires and interviews was used to collect the data.

Findings – Positive attitudes towards online education were discerned and initial concerns about the use of technical tools were dissipated during the course. It was found that the mentoring related content of the online course could be mediated. The most significant difference in the participants’ meaning making and ability to ‘connect theory and practice’ with ‘concrete knowledge’ was between those with experience of mentorship before or during the course and those without.

Research limitations/implications – The study focuses on one cohort of mentor participants (n=18) attending one mentor education course.

Practical implications – The paper contributes to the value of online education for mentors of NQTs and includes some practical recommendations for mentor education providers.

Originality/value – This paper reports on an under-researched area. Research on professional development programmes for mentors in general is limited, and even more so when it comes to online education for mentors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 5, no 2, 111-126 p.
Keyword [en]
mentor education, mentor training, online education, newly qualified teachers, web-based education, mixed-methods.
Keyword [sv]
Mentor, mentorsutbildning, ny lärare, nätbaserad utbildning, induction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-21303DOI: 10.1108/IJMCE-12-2015-0039ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84973604753OAI: diva2:910999
Available from: 2016-03-10 Created: 2016-03-10 Last updated: 2016-08-16Bibliographically approved

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