The Mentoring of Overseas Trained Teachers

Warner, Lionel and Qayoom, Abdul (2013) The Mentoring of Overseas Trained Teachers. Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal (TEAN), 5 (3). pp. 52-60.

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Abstract

Much research has been undertaken into the value of mentoring for beginning teachers. Less research has been done into the mentoring of Overseas Trained Teachers (OTTs). The studies that have been undertaken suggest that mentors’ lack of cultural knowledge and of the pedagogical challenges faced by OTT-mentees may inhibit the integration of such teachers into school life. It may be that effective tailor-made training cannot be provided for OTTs by mentors whose skills or knowledge are insufficient. Lack of understanding of the cultural diversity of mentees may result, as studies show, in mentors failing to address relevant issues during the mentoring process. This study investigates the experiences of OTTs of mentorship in England, and suggests the importance of mentors having understanding of their culturally diverse OTT mentees. The implications of these findings in the context of recent teacher-training policy developments in England are discussed.

Keywords
Overseas trained teachers; mentoring.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal (TEAN)
Publisher: UniPress
ISSN: 2054-5266
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Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Institute of Education
Pre 2016 Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Research
Depositing User: Linda Shore
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2013 09:51
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2017 18:50
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1485

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