Book Chapter

Mentoring School Student Research as an Approach to Geography Teacher Professional Development.



Rushton E & Walkington H (2022) Mentoring School Student Research as an Approach to Geography Teacher Professional Development.. In: Artvinli E, Gryl I, Lee J & Mitchell JT (eds.) Geography Education and Teacher Professionalization. International Perspectives on Geographical Education. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, pp. 277-290.

Opportunities for students to undertake Independent Research Projects (IRPs) whilst at school and as undergraduates have long been recognised as valuable. More recently, the affordances of teachers’ participation in research projects for supporting professional development and teacher identity have been highlighted. Here, we explore the perspectives of 30 high school teachers based in England, Scotland and Norway who mentor student research with a geographical focus. Mentoring high school research enables teachers to further develop: (1) specialist subject knowledge; (2) innovative pedagogical approaches; and (3) build and extend professional networks within and beyond their school setting. This chapter supports previous research which highlights the potential for using Ten Salient Practices to initiate individual teacher reflection and wider professional development, and a way of disseminating effective practice across the school sector (Walkington & Rushton, 2019). Several teachers interviewed as part of this study suggest that engaging in mentoring as an approach to teacher professional development can support teacher recruitment and retention and should be an opportunity made available to all teachers regardless of previous experience in post-graduate research.

FundersUniversity College London
Title of series International Perspectives on Geographical Education
Publication date31/12/2022
Publication date online03/11/2022
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Place of publicationCham, Switzerland
ISSN of series2367-2781

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Professor Lizzie Rushton

Professor Lizzie Rushton

Professor of Education, Education