IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Book supporting mentors in geography education published

18 March 2022

Several academics from IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, have contributed to a new book aiming to develop the knowledge and skills of new and experienced school-based geography mentors.

World map on open hands

Bringing together many different chapter authors, the book looks at how mentoring has been represented in policy and academic debate, and how teachers have experienced mentoring in geography education.

The chapters explore a range of perspectives and topics, including how mentoring can support beginning geography teachers in their growth and development, the views of new geography teachers, and the value of engaging with the geography education community in teacher education. Justice, agency and voice are highlighted as the central themes that emerge from the book and presented as important areas of focus in geography education.

Grace Healy, a PhD student at IOE and Curriculum Director at David Ross Education Trust co-edited the book along with Dr Lauren Hammond, Professor Nicola Walshe and Dr Steven Puttick (University of Oxford).

Other IOE contributions include chapters by Professor Clare Brooks, Professor Caroline Daly and Professor John Morgan. Professor Brooks wrote a chapter on mentoring as a spatial practice, and Professor Daly on professional learning for geography teachers and mentors. Professor Morgan’s chapter considers the question ‘what sort of mentoring for what sort of geography education?’

As Dr Hammond explains, "the book is a recognition that mentoring is a crucial dimension of teacher education. It aims to engage mentors in critical conversation about the relationships between research, policy and practice in geography education, to support and empower them in their roles.

"The book is underpinned by a philosophy of, and commitment to, true partnership between student teachers, schools and universities in teacher education. The value of this partnership ultimately lies in informing teacher development and growth, supporting research, and challenging injustices that exist in education."

‘Mentoring Geography Teachers in the Secondary School: A Practical Guide’ was published by Routledge on 28 February 2022.



stokpic via Pixabay