Mentoring and the preparedness of first-time primary school teachers - A study of a non-governmental Joint Mentorship Project (JMP)
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When a first-time teacher graduate and start working in a school, the first-time teacher is expected to adapt and adjust to the demands of a daily teaching programme (Carter & Francis, 2001). This can be overwhelming by taking on the same responsibility as the more experienced teachers. This can be a reality shock to first-time teachers as they may often be disadvantaged with the fact that they are often unprepared for the real world (Johnson & Kardos, 2002; Carter & Francis, 2001). Furthermore, many schools have appointed first-time teachers, but not all first-time teachers have been given proper support or introduced a mentor or a mentoring programme to help them adjust to their new career. This can contribute to the fact that first- time teachers are unprepared for their new roles and the challenges they may face (Carter & Francis, 2001). I will therefore look at mentoring and the preparedness of firsttime teachers, the study will focus on a non-governmental Joint Mentoring Project (JMP). This study aims at investigating how the JMP contributed toward first-time teachers’ teaching and learning experiences in selected primary schools.