01 SES 13 A, Practices of Mentoring (Part 2): PAEDEIA - Educating Teachers for Europe's Future
Symposium continues from 01 SES 12 A to be continued in 01 SES 14 A
The activity of Paedeia Café was created and introduced by the European Paedeia project (www.paedeia.net), which aims to develop new practices for connecting teacher studies and working life and thus supporting new teachers in their early career. Paedeia Café is a model for organizing collaborative group mentoring for teacher students and new teachers. The approach has been influenced by the Finnish peer-group mentoring (PGM) model, the Swedish ‘learning dialogue’ model (‘lärande dialog’) and the emerging ideas how to educate and support new teachers in Turkey from a collaborative viewpoint. Paedeia Café offers a forum for newly qualified teachers and students at the final stages of teacher education to share ideas and learn together. In the Paedeia Cafés, the teaching profession is examined and professional identity work is promoted. The café approach not only allows sharing experiences and tacit knowledge of teaching profession, but also creates a platform for creating new knowledge. Paedeia Cafés were set up and piloted during the academic year 2013-14 in three of the project partner countries: Turkey, Sweden and Finland. The further development of the pilot practices was based on participant feedback but also on the evaluations collected by the project partners Denmark and Portugal. During the present academic year the revised cafés were carried out for the second time in the same countries. The structure and theory to set up the Cafés is to be found under the same theoretical umbrella but the organization of practical activities and working methods vary from country to country. This presentation displays the experiences and practices of Paedeia Cafés in the different countries. Some of the main activities and practices are described and the roles of the participants are summarized.
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