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Researching the mentoring of primary school pre-service teachers. (English)
Adams, G. (ed.), Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM). Vol. 34, No. 3. Proceedings of the day conference, University of Leicester, UK, November 8, 2014. London: British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM). 37-42 (2014).
Summary: Recent government initiatives and school inspection reports have placed school-based training in the spotlight, and the in-school mentoring of pre-service teachers has become a focus for improvement. Research in the field of pre-service teachers’ teaching of mathematics in primary school is our focus, and in this report we explore ways in which this important stage in the development of a primary school teacher can be researched. In particular, we centre our attention on the post-lesson discussions between mentors and pre-service teachers, since these are often the predominant form of interaction that a student teacher has in order to improve his/her teaching. Typically post-lesson discussions do not draw attention to subject-specific targets for the pre-service teacher despite the expectation that in-school mentors do this. We will conduct a mixed-method field study through observations, interviews and pupil assessments.
Classification: D49
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