01 SES 10 A, Symposium: Research on Practices of Teacher Induction, Part 1
In Finland, a very special kind of practice has been emerged to support new teachers, based on peer-group mentoring. This model is being disseminated through a nation-wide consortium in Finland. The National Network for Teacher Induction “Osaava Verme” involves all the teacher education departments of universities and vocational teacher education colleges. Peer-group mentoring model reflects the Finnish way of educational reform with a high level of teacher autonomy (Sahlberg 2011). Opposite to many of the mentoring programmes internationally, no elements of assessment, standardisation or control are involved. The peer mentoring groups are managed by mentor teachers who are trained by teacher education institutions. This presentation is focused on experiences of mentor training. The study is based on an online questionnaire addressed to mentors in the beginning and the end of their training period (2010-11). The data shows that peer group mentoring strengthens the agency of young teachers and supports their professional identity as autonomous teachers. Working in a peer mentoring group offers opportunities for both new and experienced teachers to learn together in a supportive environment that promotes time for collaboration and reﬂection. (Heikkinen, Jokinen &Tynjälä, 2008; 2010; 2012 in press).
00. Central Events (Keynotes, EERA-Panel, EERJ Round Table, Invited Sessions)
Network 1. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders, and Organisations
Network 2. Vocational Education and Training (VETNET)
Network 3. Curriculum Innovation
Network 4. Inclusive Education
Network 5. Children and Youth at Risk and Urban Education
Network 6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
Network 7. Social Justice and Intercultural Education
Network 8. Research on Health Education
Network 9. Assessment, Evaluation, Testing and Measurement
Network 10. Teacher Education Research
Network 11. Educational Effectiveness and Quality Assurance
Network 12. LISnet - Library and Information Science Network
Network 13. Philosophy of Education
Network 14. Communities, Families and Schooling in Educational Research
Network 15. Research Partnerships in Education
Network 16. ICT in Education and Training
Network 17. Histories of Education
Network 18. Research in Sport Pedagogy
Network 19. Ethnography
Network 20. Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments
Network 22. Research in Higher Education
Network 23. Policy Studies and Politics of Education
Network 24. Mathematics Education Research
Network 25. Research on Children's Rights in Education
Network 26. Educational Leadership
Network 27. Didactics – Learning and Teaching
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