EEL407 Mentoring/Workplace PD Strategies for VET (8)


Mentoring is increasingly recognised as an important strategy in the professional development of teachers and other educational practitioners. This subject looks at the differing modes of mentoring and other workplace professional development strategies which can be fitted to purpose and the conditions and principles that enable both mentoring and being mentored to be a positive contribution to professional growth. The subject takes a practical approach to mentoring and engages students in reflecting on mentoring programs they have been part of, or have researched.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EEL407
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Education

Enrolment restrictions

This subject is not available to students who have completed EEL406.
Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • outline different approaches to mentoring and the role of a mentor;
  • develop the capability to effectively mentor others;
  • identify the mentoring needs of the workplace;
  • discuss other workplace professional development strategies;
  • discuss the use of professional development strategies and their use within the workplace; and
  • design, implement and evaluate a mentoring program.


The subject will cover the following topics:
A framework for workplace professional development
- Background
- Formal and informal PD in VET
- Examples of workplace PD in VET

Experiential learning in the workplace
- Learning from experience
- Key characteristics of experiential learning
- Strategies to enhance experiential learning

Case studies of PD in workplaces
- Case study structure
- Evaluation of case studies
- Mentoring
- Executive coaching
- Shadowing
- Team building

Individual development
- Assessing needs and goals
- Collaborative planning
- Reflexive support
- Collegial support
- Strengths and weaknesses of workplace professional development


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.