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EDUC6471 Mentoring and Staff Development

Module Overview

This module focuses on another role undertaken by senior staff in education institutions - staff development and mentoring colleagues. This module begins with an examination of the role of the mentor and the complexities of the mentor-mentee relationship. The module then moves to a broader view of the processes behind staff development.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • a critical understanding of different professional and theoretical perspectives on mentoring, coaching and professional development;
  • a practical understanding of the role of the mentor and the complexities of the mentor-mentee relationship in an institutional context;
  • developed your understanding of the principle and practices of coaching;
  • developed your self-awareness through critical reflection and evaluation of your own experiences of mentoring, coaching and professional development;
  • raised your awareness of research findings and develop your ability to use these to inform practice.


The content of the module will typically cover: - The nature of professionalism within the current policy context - Theoretical perspectives applied to mentoring and coaching - Learning within a workplace community of practice - Models of teacher and lecturer development - Developing reflective practice in others - Intervention styles - Current frameworks for mentoring and coaching practices - Peer mentoring - Research into mentoring in national and international contexts

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module is taught entirely online. A typical 'lesson' would include: - Lectures - delivered live via the university's web conferencing system (Adobe Connect) or as pre-prepared videos - Lecture notes - written by the module tutors - Selected readings - from the prescribed core texts - Written tasks - submitted via private blogs or discussion forums - Online activities - such as quizzes and tests - Individual and Group tutorials - via Skype (individual) or Adobe Connect (groups)

Completion of assessment task60
Follow-up work18
Preparation for scheduled sessions18
Practical classes and workshops6
Wider reading or practice50
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Stephens, P. (1996). Essential mentoring skills: a practical handbook for school-based teacher educators. 

Bryson, J. (2005). Effective mentoring manual: assessing competence and improving teaching through mentoring. 

Punter , A. (2007). Mentor development for teacher training : a scenario-based approach. 

Hicks, C. D., Glasgow, N. A. and McNary, S.J. (2005). What successful mentors do : 81 research-based strategies for new teacher induction, training, and support. 

Vlaeminke M. (ed) (1996). The active mentoring programme. 

During each lesson you will be directed to related readings from other textbooks and journal articles to enhance and extend your understanding of the topics under discussion. All of these resources will be available electronically via the University's library. 

Jonson, K.F. (2008). Being an effective mentor: how to help beginning teachers succeed. 

Maynard, T. (ed) (1997). An introduction to primary mentoring. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Participating in an online programme requires you to access to a PC/ laptop. Students may also wish to purchase their own PC/laptop or tablet in order to access Blackboard. Processor: 1 gigahertz (ghz) or faster. RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) Free hard disk space: 16 GB. Sound card and speakers Webcam and Microphone Platforms Windows Windows 7, 8 or 10 Mac OSX 9 or better Internet connections Broadband is recommended. (DSL, Cable Modem, FIOS, etc.)

Printing and Photocopying Costs

For all modules, coursework (such as essays; projects; dissertations) is submitted on line.

Software Licenses

Licenses relating to software used in the programme are purchased by the University, and students can download them from the iSolutions website using their username and password. Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Flash Player Microsoft Word Microsoft Excel Microsoft Powerpoint Virus Protection Browsers Mozilla Firefox is recommended Or Chrome, Safari


You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items (e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.).


As an online course, students will need to have access to a good quality computer and a moderately fast Internet connection. The minimum technical specifications needed to participate in an Online course are listed. All mandatory resources are available for loan as e-books or electronic articles from the University of Southampton Library; however, students may desire to purchase the core textbooks.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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