School of Education to launch collaborative project with Japanese primary schools

Friday, 09 December 2016

School of Education to launch collaborative project with Japanese primary schools

Mary Briggs, Debbie Wright, and Clare Fenwick of the School of Education, will be building on three years of successful collaboration in a research project that compares mentoring practices in teacher education in the UK and Japanese primary schools.

The aim of this project is to explore how systems of teacher education in both the UK and Japan can benefit by developing an understanding of cross-cultural patterns in mentoring for both the students (mentees) and the staff (mentors).  After two research visits to Japan, the team has conducted observations and interviews with trainee teachers.

More data is required on UK practice to extend the comparative scope of the research, and so the project aims to conduct interviews and observations with UK trainee teachers and mentors in 2017. Colleagues from Japan  will be visiting Brookes in February 2017 to continue the co-construction of the research. 

This project is funded by Kyoto University of Education and Daiwa Foundation, and the School of Education is working alongside Prof. M. Mizuyama,  Dr A. Obermeier, and Kaoru Nishii.