Mentoring preservice teachers' reflective practices towards producing teaching outcomes

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Reflective practice appears crucial for professional growth, and making connections between mentoring practices and mentees’ reflections may assist mentors to guide reflective processes. This interpretive study initially explores, through the literature (e.g., Dewey, Schön), common processes of reflective thinking and uses a mentoring feedback framework with six practices to collect and analyse video, audio and observational data around two mentor-mentee case studies. The findings showed that these mentors (experienced primary teachers) articulated expectations for teaching, modelled reflective practices to their mentees (preservice teachers), and facilitated time and opportunities for advancing teaching practices, which influenced the mentees’ reflective practices and their pedagogical development. This study showed that the mentors’ personal attributes influenced the mentoring relationship and the mentees’ abilities to critically reflect on their practices.