|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Education|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||17 May 2022|
Organisations today are facing increasing demands to adapt and thrive in constantly changing environments. Educational organisations are faced with increased accountability measures, constant changes to curriculum, and pressure to enhance teacher quality. These expectations require teachers and leaders to be continual learners capable of in-depth critical reflection and action. However, educational organisations are finding that past models of capacity building no longer provide optimal support, either for leaders or teachers. A mentoring and coaching approach allows for flexible, personalised, in-situ learning enabling individuals to reflect on their own practice within the realities of their personal settings. As a result, mentoring and coaching training has emerged as a means of effectively contributing to individual ongoing development, both personally and professionally. Leaders are required to effectively influence successful change initiatives, therefore the acquisition of mentoring and coaching skills also provides leaders, teachers and managers with the tools to support, challenge and empower others within their organisations.
This course provides participants with an opportunity to understand the theory base as well as develop and practice a repertoire of skills in mentoring and coaching with a focus on the building of capacity in others. Such support enables individuals to develop themselves and/or their careers, and improve personal practice and performance. Participants will investigate the theory underpinning use of this approach; explore the difference between mentoring and coaching; identify the limits of mentoring and coaching; and examine how mentoring and coaching can be used to augment existing approaches to individual and organisational capacity building programs. A major component of this course will require participants to engage in the practical development of basic mentoring and coaching competencies and their subsequent application within workplace setting, thus course participants MUST have access to a mentee. Another component integral to both approaches is the giving of feedback that both supports and challenges individuals to explore their boundaries and improve their teaching, learning and leading practices. The course provides a reflexive space for participants to reflect on personal learning gleaned through analysis of 'critical moments' in order to explore and support participants' emerging knowledge and skills as a mentor and coach.