1st Edition

Peer-Group Mentoring for Teacher Development

    208 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    202 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Supporting new teachers is a common challenge globally and the European Commission has recently emphasised the need to promote a lifelong continuum of teachers’ professional development by building bridges between pre-service and in-service teacher education.

    Peer-Group Mentoring for Teacher Development introduces and contextualises for an international audience, a new model for teachers’ professional development; Peer Group Mentoring, (PGM). It is based on the constructivist view of learning, the idea of shared expertise, and the ‘Model of Integrative Pedagogy’ which emphasises the integration of different forms of expert knowledge in professional development.

    This book explores the theoretical and practical background for developing the peer-group mentoring model, and provides important contextual information about the Finnish school system in which it was conceptualised, and also about teacher education. It presents several empirical studies on applying the PGM model with primary and secondary school teachers in different school contexts, and outlines future challenges; examining peer-group mentoring in the framework of wider practice architectures of teacher education.

    The book is an indispensable reference tool for educationalists and education researchers interested in collaborative and dialogic learning, teacher professional development and school administration.

    I Peer-Group Mentoring and Work-Based Learning in the Teaching Profession

    1. Teacher Education and Development as Lifelong and Lifewide Learning

      Hannu L.T. Heikkinen Päivi Tynjälä and Hannu Jokinen

    2. Peer-Group Mentoring and the Culture of Teacher Education in Finland

    Hannu L.T. Heikkinen and Jouni Välijärvi

    II Empirical Studies on Peer-Group Mentoring

    3. The First Years as a Teacher

    Eila Estola, Leena Syrjälä & Tuuli Maunu

    4. Mentoring as Sustainable School Development

    Peter Johnson & Suvi Alamaa

    5. Individual and Social Meanings of Mentoring

    Anu Hiltula, Leena Isosomppi, Hannu Jokinen & Anu Oksakari

    6. Diverse Landscapes of Mentoring

    Päivi Mäki

    7. Peer-group Mentoring in the Context of Transforming Local Administration

    Helena Rajakaltio & Eija Syrjäläinen

    8. Multiprofessional Mentoring Groups in Vocational School

    Minna Ahokas

    9. Experiences of PGM in Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Groups

    Maria Lahdenmaa & Hannu L.T. Heikkinen

    10. Diversity of Mentoring

    Leena Syrjälä & Eila Estola

    11. Group as a Context for Peer-Group Mentoring

    Saara-Leena Kaunisto, Eila Estola & Raimo Niemistö

    12. Keys to Success

    Sini Teerikorpi & Hannu L.T. Heikkinen

    III Towards Collegial Learning

    13. Future Challenges

    Päivi Tynjälä, Hannu L.T. Heikkinen & Hannu Jokinen

    14. Peer-Group Mentoring and the Practices of Teacher Induction

    Hannu L.T. Heikkinen and Stephen Kemmis

    15. International comparisons and future trends

    Paivi Tynjala


    Hannu L. T. Heikkinen is a Senior Researcher at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Tampere, Finland, and at Charles Sturt University, Australia. Hannu Jokinen is a researcher at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Päivi Tynjälä is Professor in research on teaching and learning in higher education, at the Finnish Institute of the University of Jyväskylä, , Finland.