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A 'Rough Guide' to the History of Mentoring from a Marxist Feminist Perspective

Colley, Helen (2002) A 'Rough Guide' to the History of Mentoring from a Marxist Feminist Perspective. Journal of Education for Teaching, 28 (3). pp. 257-273. ISSN 0260-7476

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Abstract

Mentoring is now a favoured policy initiative in a number of countries, including Britain and North America, both as an element of professional development, and in addressing social exclusion. The former is of direct relevance to teacher education. The latter is a key issue affecting teachers today, as they have to liaise with mentors allocated to pupils and students. Yet the concept of mentoring remains confused. This paper reviews the literature, deconstructing its mythical representations and its celebratory bias. It applies, from a feminist perspective, the dialectical materialist method to the inter-relationships between essence and appearance in mentoring. It identifies four distinct historical stages in its development. These reveal that official concepts of mentoring have shifted from dominant groupings reproducing their own power, to subordinate groupings reproducing their own oppression. The conclusion suggests a research agenda for more detailed empirical investigation of mentoring in the field of teacher education.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > LA History of education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Policy Research Group
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Social Cohesion Research Group
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Early Years Childhood Youth and Community Research
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2012 14:56
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 10:42
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/12628

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