Teacher Mentoring: Becoming the Teacher

By Mogana Dhamotharan.

Published by The International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning

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Teachers are usually held responsible for what goes wrong with students’ learning but, are only occasionally celebrated for successes. Over the years in Malaysia, there has been an aggressive public outcry in the newspapers, on Facebook, and on blogs by parents and other stakeholders about falling standards, apathetic teachers, discipline problems, and serious concerns about teaching and learning in general. The challenge, then, is to figure out what can be done about this. Most of the time, in-service continuing teacher development workshops, seminars, and other short training courses are conducted. Generally, teacher training programmes on the other hand are overly concerned with training novices with the ‘right’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes. At the SEGi University, teacher training and development in the university’s relatively young education faculty aims to investigate what really sustains the teacher. At the end of a three or four year programme, it is hoped the trainee teacher leaves the institution with the ‘right’ teacher attributes embedded affectively for best practices in the classroom. This affective philosophy approach underpins this paper. The initial phase of the teacher mentoring instrument developed and presented in this paper is intended to instill in trainee teachers attributes for good practice.

Keywords: Teacher Mentoring, Teacher Attributes, Becoming the Teacher

The International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning, Volume 20, Issue 2, May 2014, pp.23-31. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 21, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 794.128KB)).

Prof. Mogana Dhamotharan

Professor, Faculty of Education, SEGi University, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia

Dr Mogana Dhamotharan (Teacher-Mentoring Project Team Leader) joined SEGi University as Professor on 15 February 2012. Dean of the School of Foundation and Liberal Studies September 2008 – February 2011; Dean of the School of Education, Languages & Communications, March – December 2011, Wawasan Open University. Associate Professor, Department of Educational Foundations, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education, University of Brunei Darussalam, 2005-2008. Tutor, University of Malaya 1977-1980, Lecturer from May 1982 and Associate Professor 1995-2005. Lecturer, Languages Centre, ITM September 1981 - May 1982. The Commonwealth of Learning Consultant, MATE Programme, Open University Sri Lanka January-March 2004. Visiting Fellow, The Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, August 1994 to January 1995. Received the Overseas Research Student award by the Council of Vice Chancellors and College Principals United Kingdom (CVCCP) 1987-1988 for doctoral studies in Glasgow University. Publications include books, refereed articles in journals; papers at conferences, seminars, and workshops, at international, regional, and national levels.