HSSE 'Brown Bag' Seminar  Mentoring and Learning to Teach Primary Social Studies

HSSE 'Brown Bag' Seminar Mentoring and Learning to Teach Primary Social Studies

Date & Time

09 October 2013, 00:00

Venue

NIE 3-02-27

Department

Humanities & Social Studies Education (HSSE)

Category

Seminars

Events Details

About the Topic

This study examined three cooperating teachers’ understandings of social studies teaching and mentoring, and the influence of those understandings on their mentoring practices and their student teachers’ learning of teaching. Qualitative case study method was utilised and data were analysed interpretatively using the constant comparative method. The findings showed that the cooperating teachers’ understanding had a strong influence on their mentoring practices and their student teachers’ learning. The findings underscored the importance of mentor preparation to ensure a more consistent quality of student teacher learning.

About the Speakers

Ms Sim Hwee Hwang started her career as a geography and English teacher in a secondary school before she went to the Ministry of Education (MOE) to work first as a specialist writer to develop secondary geography teaching materials for use by schools, and later, as a curriculum specialist to design national geography syllabuses, appraise the humanities programmes in schools and train teachers in geography teaching and the infusion of thinking into teaching. After her MOE stint, she headed the humanities department in a secondary school before she left MOE to join the National Institute of Education (NIE) as a lecturer in 2001. She teaches primary social studies methods and content courses in the Humanities and Social Studies Education Academic Group in NIE. Her areas of research interests are mentoring, teacher learning and social studies education. She has recently completed her PhD and the presentation is based on her doctoral dissertation of the same title.