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Moo, S. N.(1999). Teacher mentor training: The Singapore experience. In S. P. Loo (Ed.), Proceeds of the MERA-ERA Joint conference 1999: Educational Challenges in the New Millennium (pp. 1154-1157). Malacca, Malaysia.
Much has been presented in education literature on the positive role that mentors play
in teacher preparation, induction, and professional development. Mentoring provides
opportunities for competent and experienced teachers to assume a leadership role without
relinquishing the classroom. Teacher mentors have the potential for enhancing the morale of
trainee or novice teachers by responding to both their professional and personal needs. In
Singapore the systematic training of teacher mentors was started in 1998 with the launching of
two courses, one for mentoring teachers, and another for level and subject heads in schools.
This paper presents the framework of the mentor training programme offered by the National
Institute of Education (Singapore), outlining the rationale, the objectives, and content of the
courses. In addition, input from school personnel that helped shape the course is included to
explain how the training is tailored to meet the needs of teacher mentors in Singapore schools.
This paper was published in the 1999 Proceedings of the MERA-ERA Joint Conference held at Malacca, Malaysia from 1-3 December 1999
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