Navigating Career Pathways: The Impact of Mentorship Programs on Ethnic Minority Female Teachers in Australia (75906)

Session Information: Counselling, Guidance & Adjustment in Education
Session Chair: Ching Ting Tany Kwee

Saturday, 25 November 2023 17:00
Session: Session 4
Room: Room F (Live Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

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Ethnic minority female teachers face challenges related to linguistic and cultural discrimination, as well as gender-based stigmas. Despite these obstacles, little research explores the role of mentorship in their career development. This study aims to design an effective mentorship program to help these teachers overcome career barriers and attain their goals. Guided by two research questions—1) What stigmas hinder their career progression? and 2) How can mentorship mitigate these challenges?—the study involves 20 ethnic minority female teachers in Australia. The theoretical framework is grounded in Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT) and utilizes Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) to examine shifts in perceptions and mental representations. Data are gathered via semi-structured interviews and focus groups. Findings suggest that mentorship fosters resilience, aids in career resource identification, and nurtures leadership roles. Moreover, it enhances collaboration among schools, communities, and ethnic minority teachers, thereby reducing prejudices and stereotypes. This study offers valuable insights for tailoring mentorship programs to the needs of ethnic minority female teachers, thereby diversifying the teaching workforce for the benefit of students.

Authors:
Ching Ting Tany Kwee, The University of New South Wales, Australia


About the Presenter(s)
Ms Ching Ting Tany Kwee is a University Doctoral Student at The University of New South Wales in Australia

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00