Voices of Early Career Teachers: Mentorship Through the Comics

Ching-Chiu Lin, Julian Lawrence, Amber Lum, Rita Irwin

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    In this chapter we aim to demonstrate the effectiveness of comics as a vehicle for presenting teachers' stories of challenge and professional growth. Comics have the potential to illustrate, in a light-hearted fashion, narratives from early career teachers on the subject of professional practice in British Columbia, Canada. Printed copies of the comic booklets are widely shared among the educational communities in British Columbia, as well as through national and international conference venues. Through comics, we offer teachers an imaginative insight into new teachers’ stories, inviting them to reflect on their own experience of becoming teachers, to engage in conversation around educational issues, and to articulate the complexity of pedagogical relationships among teachers and their professional learning communities.

    This series of comics is part of the body of work from a research project entitled: Pedagogical Assemblage: Building and Sustaining Teacher Capacity through Mentoring Programs in British Columbia (2014-2017). This research builds on the New Teacher Mentoring Project (NTMP) that brings together the Teacher Education Office (TEO) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), the British Columbia Ministry of Education, the British Columbia School Superintendents’ Association (BCSSA), and the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) to address the need for promoting, building and sustaining a professional culture of collaboration through teacher mentoring in the context of the British Columbia K-12 public education system.
    For more information, visit mentoringbc.ca
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Bliss and Blisters of Early Career Teaching
    Subtitle of host publicationA Pan-Canadian Perspective
    EditorsBenjamin Kutsyuruba, Keith D Walker
    Place of PublicationCanada
    PublisherWord & Deed Publishing Incorporated
    Number of pages26
    ISBN (Print)9780991862696
    Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2017


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