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The major aim of School-University Partnership is to achieve and consolidate in-depth collaboration between schools and the Faculty of Education (FoE), HKU to enhance the continuous professional development of schools and teachers, and the success of initial teacher education.
- What is a WSMS approach?
WSMS is an advocated mentoring approach to school change which has the potential to enhance professional learning of different parties (mentor teachers, non-mentor teachers, student teachers, university tutors and school pupils) and to increase school effectiveness.
However, a whole school mentoring approach is not only a process, but also a philosophy, of professional development through mentoring. It is characterized by:
This approach contains salient features of change management principles, collaborative lesson planning, mentoring and co-mentoring, open class observation and sharing, and synergy and team work. The outcomes involve changes towards a collaborative and open culture, synergistic relations with one another, and the formation of professional communities of practice.
- a commitment on the part of a school that all its staff members should, at one time or another, be engaged in mentoring student-teachers (ST) and/or beginning teachers;
- a belief that mentoring is not just a pair-wise endeavour (dyad between mentor and mentee) but is a process that is most effectively achieved through collaboration and sharing of experiences between all parties; and
- commitment on the part of a university that its university-tutors (UT) should be actively engaged in the mentoring process through the support of, and as partners with, the school's mentor-teachers (MT).
- What makes the WSMS approach different?
There now follows a comparison of the 'current' common practice with that of the WSMS approach:
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