EDM190-Developing mentoring excellence (theory and practice)

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: Mrs Rachel Roberts
Email: r.l.roberts@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is intended to support students with their professional development in their mentoring role and develop understanding of mentorship in its theory and practice. 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, good 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 be able draw on their own experiences of mentoring in making links with current theory.

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

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 

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

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 through making links between the practice of mentoring and theories of mentorship.   Themes include:

  • Self-assessment and reflective practice

  • Effective communication

  • Effective feedback and target setting

  • Contemporary issues of mentoring

  • The ories of mentoring

  • Management of difficult conversations and conflict resolution

  • Development of academic literacies

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Distance learning using a variety of platforms. Materials will be released at regular intervals during the autumn and following spring 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.

Academic tutor support

All students will be allocated an Academic Tutor to support their pastoral needs.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 15
Tutorials 1
Project Supervision 1
Guided independent study: 183
Total hours by term 0 200 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 essay, 4500 words.

Formative assessment methods:

  • Online discussion

  • Tutorials

Penalties for late submission:

The below information applies to students on taught programmes except those on Postgraduate Flexible programmes. Penalties for late submission, and the associated procedures, which apply to Postgraduate Flexible programmes are specified in the policy “Penalties for late submission for Postgraduate Flexible programmes”, which can be found here: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/files/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmissionPGflexible.pdf
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:

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: 

2) Specialist equipment or materials: 

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 

4) Printing and binding: 

5) 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:


6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: 

Last updated: 6 December 2021


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