Judgemental and developmental mentoring in Further Education Initial Teacher Education in England: Mentor and mentee perspectives

Catherine Manning, Andrew Hobson

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This article presents findings from a study which sought to identify the extent to which trainee teachers and their mentors considered their mentoring experiences and approaches to be judgemental or developmental. The article draws on a case study of trainee teachers and mentors on an Initial Teacher Education programme at a Further Education college on the south coast of England. Data were generated from an initial survey of 22 teachers, from which seven pairs of teachers and mentors also participated in part-structured individual interviews and direct observation of one of their mentoring meetings. In addition, 8 of the interviewees also participated in a follow up email survey. The findings highlight significant variation in mentoring practices, with both judgemental and developmental mentoring approaches in use. A distinct discrepancy is also identified between the perceptions of mentors and mentees regarding the nature of the mentoring experience, with most mentors describing their approaches as developmental and most mentees describing these as judgemental. In addition, mentor education was found to enhance mentors’ enactment of developmental as opposed to judgemental mentoring. A number of possible implications for policy, practice and further research are discussed
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)574-595
Number of pages22
JournalResearch in Post-Compulsory Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2017

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 13/12/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13596748.2017.1381377


  • further education
  • initial teacher education
  • judgementoring
  • developmental mentoring
  • mentor education


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