EDM006-Mentorship

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
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Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Helen Bilton

Email: h.o.bilton@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
Mentoring and coaching increasingly play a key role in schools promoting teachers professional development and pupil learning. This module will draw upon the expertise of a range of colleagues from within the Institute to explore key aspects of mentoring and coaching including: models, definitions and issues in mentoring and coaching; effective communication and feedback; target setting and evaluation and links to professional development. A range of contexts will be considered, these included initial teacher education, early and continuing professional development, leadership and mentoring and coaching children. Participants will be encouraged to refine their knowledge and understanding by drawing on their own experiences of mentorship and coaching.

Aims:
To develop students understandings of :-

  • models of mentorship: a historic overview of past models; a review of possible current models and research related to each;
  • theoretical models, including concepts such as the reflective practitioner and teacher as holder of craft knowledge;
  • beginning and longer term teacher/professional learning

Assessable learning outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding of the nature of mentorship
Knowledge and understanding of theoretical perspectives on professional learning
Development of a critical approach to current practice

Additional outcomes:
Improved understanding of concepts of professionalism and professional learning
Ability to apply critical perspectives to current practice
Practical application of theoretical understanding
Ability to improve own or colleagues' learning
Ability to present work to peers

Outline content:
This module will explore key aspects of mentoring and coaching including: models, definitions and issues in mentoring and coaching; effective communication and feedback; target setting and evaluation and links to professional development.

A range of contexts will be considered, these included initial teacher education, early and continuing professional development, leadership and mentoring and coaching children. Participants will be encouraged to refine their knowledge and understanding by drawing on their own experiences of mentorship and coaching.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Tutor input, seminar style discussion, workshops with students leading on specific topics and other participants exploring their professional knowledge through a collaborative analysis of each topic

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 5
Tutorials 2
Guided independent study 173
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
There will be one assignment of 5,000 words consisting of either a research report of the project undertaken or of a theoretically informed essay demonstrating: knowledge and understanding of the nature of mentorship; theoretical perspectives on professional learning; development of a critical approach to current practice.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
n/a

Requirements for a pass:
Students must achieve 50%

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission within one calendar month of the notification of failure

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books: There are no required text books for this module. However, three useful books listed are:
Clutterbuck, D and Megginson, D (2004) Techniques for Coaching and Mentoring. Taylor &Francis Ltd ISBN-13: 9780750652872 (£25)
Parsloe, E. &Leedham, M (2009) Coaching and Mentoring: Practical Conversations to Improve Learning, London, Kogan Page

Pask, R, &Joy, B. (2007) Mentoring- Coaching: A Handbook for Educational Professionals, Buckingham, Open University Press

It might also be worth looking at Top 20 Best Books on Coaching and Mentoring http://blog.readytomanage.com/top-20-best-books-on-coaching-and-mentoring/

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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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