Re-imagining Continuous Professional Development Strategies: A Peer Mentoring Model of Support for Newly Qualified Teachers (70765)

Session Information: Professional Training, Development & Concerns in Education (Workshop)

Friday, 22 September 2023 12:40
Session: Session 2
Room: Sants
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

The benefits of a peer mentoring model of support for novice teaching professionals far outweighs the disadvantages thereof, as it has the power to revolutionise schooling as we know it, considerably well. Not only are teachers expected to be facilitators of learning, creators of productive environments and part of a globally competitive workforce, but they are also work under tremendous pressure, especially those who serve under-resources, poverty-stricken communities, while at the same time, holding space for their learners and maintaining a healthy state of holistic wellbeing. To this end it is essential that education authorities continuously pursue and employ creative and effective continuous professional teacher development strategies. Traditional strategies of professional teacher development may prove effective and amidst the range of “one-shot workshops” to more intensive job-embedded professional development” initiatives, these initiatives add extra time to novice teachers' already hectic workload with overloaded classrooms, in often unsupported environments. To this effect this paper reports on a peer mentoring model of support for novice teachers which was successfully piloted at 10 public schools in public schools in the Western Cape of South Africa. The findings proof a multitude of benefits to both novice teachers, their managers and inadvertently, their learners. It is therefore hoped that this peer mentoring model of support will serve as best practice to ensure the realisation of Goal 4 of the United Nation's SDGs:" Quality Education for all".

Dorothy Esau, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Dorothy Esau is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in South Africa

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00