Mentors' Perceptions of Teacher Practice: A Case Study of the School of Vocational Teacher Education

Pirjo-Liisa Lehtelä, Iiris Happo
2014 International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education  
Mentoring has emerged as an essential and effective process for developing teacher practice. The holistic student-centred guidance model is utilised to define the mentors' roles and inputs in the teacher practice mentoring process. The purpose of this article is to describe mentors' perceptions of mentoring teacher students in teacher practice at the School of Vocational Teacher Education in Oulu, Finland. The material for the development project was collected by conducting an inquiry at the
more » ... n inquiry at the beginning of mentors' guidance training. The study participants included 21 mentors from different vocational schools. In the mentoring process, the interaction and cooperation between mentor and mentee plays an essential role. Mentors' perceptions of their role in mentoring focus mainly on educational guidance and personal guidance. According to the findings, more attention could be focused on mentoring teacher students' vocational development during teacher practice. The results can be used in developing the mentors' guidance training.
doi:10.20533/ijcdse.2042.6364.2014.0237 fatcat:s6vupdf5s5bhnfaav5vif2oura