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Listening to Mentor Teachers' Voices in Uncertain Times

Radford, RM ORCID: 0000-0003-1487-2195, Howells, K ORCID: 0000-0003-4968-0687 and Williamson, J 2018 , 'Listening to Mentor Teachers' Voices in Uncertain Times', in D Heck and A Ambrosetti (eds.), Teacher Education In and For Uncertain Times , Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd, Singapore, pp. 67-81.

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One characteristic of the uncertain times in teacher education is the complexity involved in operationalising the various standards and policy documents whenlittle attention is given to how best to use the time in school-based practicum so thatit is both educative and purposefl. This is a "wicked problem" to which varioustheories and literature miss the mark if not infrmed by tose at the coalfce. Weargue that to navigate this complex terrain we need toinclude the voice of the mentorteacher. Up to this point, there has been a globa silence on the crucial importance ofthis voice. Yet, in many instances, the mentor teachers develop considerable expertise and professional judgements about how to produce confident, capable, resilientand reflective novice teachers. This voice needs to be recognised and listened to in,not only infrming policy and aticulating standards but in bridging the gap betweenpolicy and practice. Our research investigated how mentor teachers, working withina program where pre-service teachers had signifcant amounts of practicum time,and in a context of high Education Needs Index schools, understood teaching preservice teachers to teach. Through qualitative inquiry using the method of a casestudy, this chapter investigates the views of 30 mentor teachers across 12 schools(both primary and secondary). The broad themes fom our data analysis are relationships, reciprocity, responsibility and reflection. We argue that these aspects add arich and crucial dimension to standard statements and pedagogy around school-basedmentoring.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Radford, RM and Howells, K and Williamson, J
Keywords: relationships, mentoring, intentionality, teachers' voice, pre-service teacher education
Publisher: Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd
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