Module XAE-2039:
Mentoring and Befriending

Module Facts

Run by School of Education and Human Development

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Nia Young

Overall aims and purpose

This module provides a grounding in theories of effective mentoring and befriending of children and young people. It critically discusses the history of mentoring and befriending, drawing on contemporary research evidence to describe current best practice. It explores the significance of motivation, goal-setting and understanding of the self together with listening skills and body language in developing the mentor’s self-awareness, understanding and skills to assist the child or young person in achieving his or her goals. After undertaking mentor training students will befriend an individual in order to develop their individual mentoring skills and to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical and interpersonal considerations within an ethical context.

Course content

This module will focus on developing an understanding of mentoring, including mentor training, that will allow students to engage in a series of peer-mentoring sessions under supervision by the module leader. It will discuss the following topics:

• History of mentoring and befriending; • Key skills for mentoring and befriending children and young people; • Understanding the Self; • Motivation; • Goal identification; • Ending the mentoring relationship; • Ethical considerations of the mentoring process; • Practical experience of mentoring a peer; • Reflective practice

Assessment Criteria

threshold

D- to D+:- A satisfactory, critical understanding of current theories of mentoring and befriending, including an ability to make sound, evidence-based decisions on mentoring strategies to help a peer achieve the agreed goals; a basic awareness of the ethical and interpersonal aspects of effective mentoring, including motivation and ending the mentoring intervention.

good

C- to C+:- A good, critical understanding of current theories of mentoring and befriending, including an ability to make sound, evidence-based decisions on mentoring strategies to help a peer achieve the agreed goals; a sound awareness of the ethical and interpersonal aspects of effective mentoring, including motivation and ending the mentoring intervention.

excellent

A- to A*:- A comprehensive, critical understanding of current theories of mentoring and befriending, including an ability to make sound, evidence-based decisions on mentoring strategies to help a peer achieve the agreed goals; a thorough awareness of the ethical and interpersonal aspects of effective mentoring, including motivation and ending the mentoring intervention.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of current theories and models of mentoring and befriending with a specific focus on working with children and young people.

  2. Critically understand the impact of effective mentoring on the aspirations and achievements of children and young people in a variety of contexts.

  3. Identify the children and young people most likely to benefit from mentoring and design appropriate, evidence-based programmes for them.

  4. Demonstrate the ability to develop an appropriate, focussed, mentoring relationship with a peer giving thorough consideration to ethical factors.

  5. Reflect critically on their own learning experiences and their relationship with their mentee in order to improve their practice.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
CASE STUDY Case Study

Write a plan for mentoring and/or befriending one of the children in the case studies.

25
LOGBOOK OR PORTFOLIO Portfolio of Mentoring 75

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study

Private Study (146 hours)

167
Lecture

Lectures and interactive seminars: 22 hours (11 @ 2hours/week).

22
Seminar

Placement: 11 hours (11 @ 1 hours/week).

11

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

Subject specific skills

  • apply multiple perspectives to early childhood issues recognising that early childhood studies involves a range of research methods theories evidence and applications
  • integrate ideas and findings across the multiple perspectives in early childhood studies and recognise distinctive early childhood studies approaches to relevant issues
  • evaluate competing positions in relation to the construction of babies and young children and childhood by different subjects societal agents and time place and culture
  • constructively critique theories practice and research in the area of child development
  • demonstrate knowledge and awareness of the skills needed for different pedagogical approaches including: - the necessary depth and strength of relationships with individual children and children in groups and the facilitation of the building of relationships with and between children - the formation and promotion of mutually respectful relationships with families colleagues other professionals and communities
  • plan for and where appropriate implement play and the curriculum assessment evaluation and improvement of creative learning opportunities taking account of young children's health and emotional well-being
  • lead support and work collaboratively with others and demonstrate an understanding of working effectively in teams with parents carers and other professionals 11
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to plan for and where appropriate implement meeting and promoting children's health well-being protection and safety and the conditions that enable them to flourish
  • produce critical arguments for improvements to multi-agency and multiprofessional practices for babies and young children
  • reflect upon the ethics of studying babies and young children and their families and communities
  • analyse educational concepts, theories and issues of policy in a systematic way
  • the ability to reflect on their own and others' value systems
  • the ability to use their knowledge and understanding critically to locate and justify a personal position in relation to the subject
  • an understanding of the significance and limitations of theory and research

Resources

Courses including this module