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 Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is not available to students who have completed EEL406 or EEL500.

Incompatible Subjects

EEL406, EEL500

Learning Outcomes

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


This 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


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.