Is 'Mentoring' the right word? A case study into praxis in the field

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Gallant, Andrea, Kelchtermans, Geert and Riley, Philip 2015. Is 'Mentoring' the right word? A case study into praxis in the field. Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). United States of America: American Educational Research Association. pp. 1 - 7
AuthorsGallant, Andrea, Kelchtermans, Geert and Riley, Philip
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Objectives: An investigation into how mentoring is understood by researchers, teachers and school leaders. Theoretical framework: Sensemaking Methods: Case Study considering the conflation of mentoring with coaching, supervision, counselling and induction, employing the theoretical framework of Weick (1995) by mapping and triangulating multiple data sources Data sources: School leaders’ mentoring aims; field notes; interviews (28 mentors & 30 mentees); review of 116 articles from 2005-2014. Results: School leaders and the literature position mentoring in pragmatic, instrumentalist terms. Teacher mentees’ perceived it as performance management. The literature conflated coaching, mentoring, counseling, supervision and induction. Scholarly significance: Positioning mentoring as pragmatic limits its potential. A strong theoretical foundation, conceptually separating mentoring praxis from coaching, supervision and induction is needed.

Year2015
PublisherAmerican Educational Research Association
Web address (URL)http://www.aera.net/Publications/OnlinePaperRepository/AERAOnlinePaperRepository/tabid/12720/Default.aspx
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Research GroupInstitute for Positive Psychology and Education
Place of publicationUnited States of America
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