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Asking the right questions: An exploration into the introduction of co-coaching within initial teacher science education

Karen Blackmore (School of Education, University of Worcester, Worcester, UK)

International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education

ISSN: 2046-6854

Article publication date: 29 March 2019

Issue publication date: 14 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore whether aspects of co-coaching could support primary science teacher education in a university–school initial teacher education (ITE) partnership program in England.

Design/methodology/approach

A mixed methodological approach was taken, comprising of student teachers responding to a coaching questionnaire blended with a qualitative exploration of audio-recorded student teacher co-coaching conversations. Informal student teacher discussion groups were used as a means to discern their attitudes and beliefs pertaining to co-coaching within taught university sessions.

Findings

Analysis and subsequent integration of data showed that many aspects of co-coaching supported student teacher pedagogical knowledge acquisition and professional development. Additionally, questionnaire responses and small-group discussions revealed that student teachers developed positive attitudes to this mode of learning.

Originality/value

This study evaluates the innovative use of co-coaching techniques during primary teacher science education, and the outcomes have clear implications for the design of ITE programs in England and potentially further afield.

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Citation

Blackmore, K. (2019), "Asking the right questions: An exploration into the introduction of co-coaching within initial teacher science education", International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, Vol. 8 No. 3, pp. 163-181. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMCE-09-2018-0052

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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