Developing an effective orientation and mentoring program for secondary teacher education students

Year: 2004

Author: Taylor, Lyn, Savage, Wilf, Prain, Vaughan, Hayman, Lisa

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

A sensitive induction into the routines of the secondary classroom and into the day to day working life of a secondary teacher is important in relieving anxieties and establishing positive attitudes in graduate student teachers. This paper reports on a school/university partnership program operating in a local senior secondary college in the beginning weeks of a one-year graduate diploma course, and on student reactions to the different elements of the program: a lecture series conducted in the school by practising teachers, an ICT module also delivered in the school, and a classroom experience program that matched up student-teachers with staff from several local secondary colleges.