Mentoring in Education: An International Perspectiveby Cedric Cullingford
Pub. Date: 11/24/2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Mentoring has become a hot topic in a number of professional spheres in recent years, but its most important and longest-established location is in education. However, this volume is the first wide-ranging academic critique of the concept and its application. Offering both a critical and a practical stance, the authors examine the historical and cultural aspects of mentoring and the motivations behind it. They also explore the effects on the individuals involved and on the system, and examine the different approaches to the idea and implementation of mentoring. Drawing contributions from Europe, the USA and the Middle East, this work considers a wide range of empirical studies of mentoring from those countries that have invested in it, including case studies and analyses of current practice. The book makes a major contribution, not only on account of the international perspective it provides but also through analysis of cases in order to establish the difference between the much-vaunted theoretical advantages promoted by policy makers and the everyday realities and complexities that arise in a scheme entirely dependent on personal relationships.
Table of ContentsContents: Preface: mentoring as myth and reality: evidence and ambiguity, Cedric Cullingford; A decade of change? Mentor groups acting as communities of learners, Sue Warren; A status report on teacher mentoring programmes in the United States, Tom Ganser; The balancing act of mentoring: mediating between newcomers and communities of practice, Marion Jones; Introducing mentoring systems in a centrally controlled state: a case study, Mohammad Momany with Cedric Cullingford; Mentoring in the induction system of five countries: a sum greater than its parts, Ted Britton; Learning mentorship in the primary school, Christine Farmery; Sitting with Nellie? Subject knowledge and the role of the mentor, Dina Al-Jamal with Cedric Cullingford; Mentoring in the academic world, Ulla Lindgren; Mentoring new academic staff in higher education, Gillian Trorey and Chris Blamires; Mentoring on-line: rethinking the tutor/student experience, Val Tarbitt; Afterword, Cedric Cullingford; Indexes.
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