Collaborative peer mentoring in preservice teachers’ professional experience

27th September 2019 : 13:30 - 15:00

Category: Seminar

Speaker: Hoa Nguyen, The University of New South Wales, Australia.

Location: Department of Education, Seminar Room G

Convener: Katharine Burn

Seminar Abstract


There have been numerous calls for innovations in professional experience that highlights the importance of the professional experiences in initial teacher education. Much research has focused on the mentoring relationship between pre-service teachers and supervising teachers in schools. While this is critically important, the role of peers and tertiary mentors is another area that needs to be examined. There is considerable support for the notion that the quality of professional experience should not reside solely with the quality of mentoring from the supervising teacher. Offering alternatives to this model so as to maximise preservice teacher learning through the peer-based models during the professional experience is an initiative to improve the quality of preservice teacher learning in teacher education programs.

In this talk, Dr Nguyen will discuss her empirical work on the impacts of different peer mentoring models which were integrated into the professional experience. Studies examining the impacts of these peer-based models will be discussed, along with implications for practice and research. To end, she will identify several critical issues that teacher educators should take into consideration when planning and implementing a peer mentoring program for preservice teachers during their professional experience.


About the Speaker


Dr Hoa Nguyen is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, The University of New South Wales, Australia. Her ongoing research interests have been in the areas of teacher education, teacher professional development, and mentoring. Prior to this position, she worked at the University of Sydney. She has experience teaching and training pre-service and in-service teachers in Asia and Australia. You can find further information on her work here.




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