and : Models of Adult Learning for Reflective Practice: Mentoring Novice Teachers as Adult Learners

Forming and reforming initial teacher education are generally conceptualized in the paradigmatic and theoretical framework of adult learning. Lifewide learning has been of primary importance in the era of reflective modernity. Hence, the condition of an ongoing reflective approach to making complex decisions requires teachers’ continuous professional development (CDP). This paper thus focuses on the connections between the models and strategies of adult learning and the practice of reflective mentoring in pre-service teacher training. First, it gives a brief educational policy overview, which is followed by the authors’ analysis of the intersections among conceptual systems, structures, aims, expected competencies and content knowledge of adult learning and mentoring pre-service teachers. The paper further investigates the generative roles and functions of these elements that characterize the multidimensional nature of learning. As found in the relevant literature, self-directed learning is best supported by developing reflective thinking in the mentoring process. Finally, the authors raise questions for further research about the potential benefits of the “collaborative triangle” that is formed by the mentee, mentor, and the teacher educator.

Keywords: reflective mentoring, adult learning, lifewide learning, continuous professional development, self-directed learning

Year: 2017
Issue: 3
Page: 31-49