EDM190-Developing mentoring excellence (theory and practice)

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer & Autumn Terms
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Ms Teresa Wilson

Email: t.a.wilson@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module is intended to support students with their professional development in their mentoring role. This is a distance learning module which requires students to be independent and autonomous in their studying and learning.

This module will explore mentoring from a variety of perspectives, starting from a definition of mentoring and moving on to consider theoretical models, best practice within mentoring and common issues.   A range of contexts will be considered, including initial teacher education, and other settings including museums, adult education environments and care settings.   Participants will draw on their own experiences of mentoring in making links with current theory.

Participants should be currently employed in a setting where mentoring is an aspect of practice.

As this is a distance learning module, it will require access to high-speed broadband, Blackboard and appropriate software


  • To develop a critical understanding of issues relating to mentoring

  • To evaluate a range of models of mentoring

  • To apply the theoretical perspectives of mentoring to individual practice

  • To demonstrate a critical understanding of reflective practice as a key concept for mentors

  • To analyse contemporary issues relating to mentoring

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • To objectively compare and contrast models of mentoring

  • To demonstrate a critical understanding of mentoring styles and relevant practice-based communication skills

  • To critically analyse theoretical perspectives and contemporary issues in mentoring

  • To evaluate strategies for leading mentor development in a setting

  • To reflect on own practice in relation to underpinning theory and to develop change strategies in response to theoretical and practical evaluations

Additional outcomes:

  • Practical skills development in terms of technology to support learning

  • Development of transferable skills including reflection, communication and target setting for professional development 

Outline content:

The module aims and objectives are designed to deepen knowledge and understanding of mentoring skills by focussing on the student’s own practice and making links to the underpinning theory.   Themes include:

  • Self assessment and reflective practice

  • Effective communication

  • Effective feedback and target setting

  • Contemporary issues of mentoring

  • Leadership of mentoring in a setting

  • Assignment skills development

  • Theories of mentoring

  • Management of difficult conversations and conflict resolution

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Distance learning using a variety of platforms. Materials will be released at regular intervals during the summer and following autumn terms, which students will manage independently. As well as narrated presentations and online tasks, there will be opportunities for group discussions and student to student communication.

Personal tutor support

All students will be allocated a personal tutor to support their pastoral needs.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 15 15
Tutorials 1 1
Project Supervision 1 2
Guided independent study 83 82
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Reflective essay, 4500 words.

Formative assessment methods:

  • Online discussion

  • Tutorials

  • Feedback

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:

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):

Computers and devices with a particular specification:

This module requires you to have access to a PC or device that is compatible with our virtual learning environment: Blackboard. Please see further details of the technical requirements here:


Last updated: 4 January 2018

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