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Title: Exploring Mentoring Models for Building Leadership Capacity Among Languages Educators
Contributor(s): Morgan, Anne-Marie  (author)orcid ; Saunders, Sherryl (author)
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: Guiding national policies and frameworks for the work of teachers promote progressing through levels of practice towards leadership, with a focus on inquiry and teacher change through collaborative professional learning. Languages teachers have been leaders and inquirers in their own classrooms, but a shared concern has been isolation from other colleagues. Being part of a professional association provides a way to counter the isolation and to engage in collaborative inquiry and mentoring communities. The authors report on Australian professional learning projects and research aimed at increasing language teacher agency and leadership capabilities, through networked communities. Models of mentoring, with a focus on reflexive praxis that challenges 'master-apprentice' as the defining mentoring paradigm, have been shown to be effective in providing platforms for ongoing growth and longer-term sustainability in the profession. Such models, arising from a leadership project conducted by the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (AFMLTA) in Australia are offered as approaches to assist with increasing both teacher agency and leadership within the language teacher community.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: The New Zealand Language Teacher, v.40, p. 20-31
Publisher: New Zealand Association of Language Teachers
Place of Publication: New Zealand
ISSN: 0110-1374
Field of Research (FOR): 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
200399 Language Studies not elsewhere classified
130207 LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Maori)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
930201 Pedagogy
930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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