ED3BMU-Understanding the theory and practice of mentoring

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Ms Teresa Wilson
Email: t.a.wilson@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

Mentoring is a tool of communication used in a range of environments where a more experienced member of a community (educational or professional), might engage with a less advanced one in order to achieve some or all of the following: to introduce them to the culture of their environment, to promote confidence and productivity and to develop professional competences. The purpose of this module is to understand what mentoring is and how to develop mentoring skills. In order to do this, students taking this module will explore the different ways in which mentoring is used, evaluate its worth as an educational and developmental tool and apply theoretical principles in a practical mentoring activity. Students will be expected to reflect on their own development as a novice mentor throughout this module.


To explore the following questions:

  • Do we know whether mentoring is effective?

  • What is the difference between mentoring and coaching?

  • How does mentoring theory fit in with other learning theories?

  • Which mentoring models of practice are best known?

  • What are the benefits and challenges of mentoring – to the mentor, the mentee and the organisation?

  • What can be learned, as a mentor, about supporting less experienced students within a mentoring role?

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • To critically evaluate the theoretical rationale of mentoring

  • To identify the benefits and challenges of mentoring

  • To compare and contrast mentoring with other related communication strategies used for professional development

  • To reflect on skills practice

Additional outcomes:

  • Students completing this module will gain experience of participating in a mentoring activity

  • Transferable skills gained will be related to effective interpersonal communication

  • Students will also develop their skills of reflection

Outline content:

  • Does mentoring work?

  • Different mentoring approaches and strategies

  • Mentoring and coaching – what is the difference?

  • Linking mentoring with other learning theories

  • Skills development

  • Benefits and challenges of mentoring

  • Reflective practice

Global context:

A range of mentoring models and the implications of mentoring within in an international working environment will be discussed

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 5
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 60
    Wider reading (directed) 13
    Preparation for seminars 20
    Preparation for performance 30
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 20
    Essay preparation 18
Total hours by term 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Reflective journal 3000 words

Formative assessment methods:

Feedback on practical skills practice

Small group work involving peer feedback, questioning, reflection

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:


Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmission during the summer resit period.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books:  £20

2) Specialist equipment or materials: 

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 

4) Printing and binding: 

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6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: 

Last updated: 25 October 2021


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