HSSE 'Brown Bag' Seminar Whole School Mentoring Support Approach to enhance School University Partnerships

HSSE 'Brown Bag' Seminar Whole School Mentoring Support Approach to enhance School University Partnerships

Date & Time

16 March 2015, 00:00

Venue

NIE 3-02-29

Department

Humanities & Social Studies Education (HSSE)

Events Details

About the Topic

'Whole School Mentoring Support' (WSMS) is an advocated mentoring approach to school change which has the potential to enhance professional learning of different parties (teacher-mentors, student-teachers, university-tutors and school pupils) and to increase school effectiveness. It is not only a process, but also a philosophy, of professional development through mentoring. Although there are several key subject teacher-mentors taking major responsibility in mentoring our student-teachers, all teachers in the Professional Partnership School will also have a part to play and share in helping the student-teachers to gain holistic professional learning to become a new professional teacher. The outcomes of this approach involve changes towards a collaborative culture, synergistic relations with one another, and the formation of professional communities of practice. Through the adoption of this WSMS approach which is mutually beneficial to all the different parties involved, it is hoped that the in-depth collaborations between local schools and HKU’s Faculty of Education could be actualized and strengthened. Such collaboration will lead to the formation of a professional school with quality professional development for practicing teachers and student-teachers, as well as the substantial enhancement of the success of initial teacher education.

About the Speakers

Dr Tammy Kwan taught social, geographical and environmental education in the Queensland University of Technology from 1992 to 1997 before returning to The University of Hong Kong in 1998 as Associate Professor. She has been PGDE programme director (2005-2007) and was partnership director for initial teacher education from 2007-2010. She was appointed Assistant Dean (School-University Partnerships) since November 2010.  She has a strong commitment to encouraging teachers to become critically reflective professionals through better personal understanding and to achieve professional development and personal growth.