Dear Rosalind (and Dear All)
Would it be possible for you to post a copy of your paper as a piece of
doctoral research-in-progress to our list so others might share insights?
Thanks for your very generous comments about the Conference day on Saturday
- it's good to see conversations about presentations are going to continue.
I am hoping that points arising from Kerry's discussion can be shared as we
focus on mentoring in ITT on this list with research mentoring on BERA-T-R.
I have started working towards our next SIG Conference/day which as you hope
(and so do I!) will be this term. I am inviting you to present your research
into the theories that mentors use in initial teacher training as a starting
point for discussion about theories used by 'research mentors' in mentoring.
As part of the Teacher Learning Academy Stage 4 Pilot which Nicola Scarrott
told us about on Saturday I am looking into the kinds of support research
mentors and research mentees need. I will need to identify my own learning
breakthrough in my account for the TLA and it is thanks to you I have one!
As I listened to your round table presentation and then read your paper on
Saturday I suddenly realised the insights you are sharing about learning
theories of school-based mentors in ITT are likely to overlap with but be
very different from learning theories employed by school research mentors.
By the way - we solved the mystery of the Internet problems that lost us all
so much time on Saturday and left me juggling different connections on the
computer and on the screen linked to the computer ... there was a wireless
connection to two competing providers apparently and blocking one another!
I am very much looking forward to hearing more about ITT mentors' knowledge