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Beyond Generic Mentoring: helping trainee teachers to teach primary science

By Tina Jarvis, Frankie McKeon, David Coates and Judy Vause


Support material to assist primary teacher mentors to help trainee teachers improve their medium-term and individual lesson plans, as well as their science lessons, was developed. This support material comprised checklists that focused on science, rather than generic teaching, illustrated by examples of trainee teachers' work, with a commentary. The trial of the material involved 64 teacher mentors and 26 trainee teachers. Trainees' practice in science was found to have improved in subsequent unmentored lessons, but good practice was not transferred to other subjects. Teachers also reported that their own practice improved and indicated that the material would be valuable in science in-service training with their colleagues

Year: 2001
DOI identifier: 10.1080/02635140120046196
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