The Role of Mentor-Student Relationship in Formation of Professional Competence in Pedagogy Students



Using the rating scale of perceived frequency of action, students (N = 87) completed the practice teaching, evaluated the perceived attitude of the teacher-mentor and university methodologist in four categories: emotional support, cognitive support, stimulation of initiatives, monitoring and evaluation. Also, students completed the questionnaire "Self-evaluation of pedagogical thinking", allowing to estimate the characteristics of their pedagogical thinking on two parameters: inclination to improvisation and self-esteem experience. We revealed a difference in the assessment of the perceived attitude of teacher-mentor and university supervisor: the latter is seen as less influential figure in all categories of evaluation (p<0.01). However, there was only one significant relationship between perceived attitude of mentor and features of pedagogical thinking: emotional support of the supervisor is positively correlated with self-esteem proficiency (p = 0,007). Thus, there is a discrepancy between the subjective evaluation of the degree of influence of mentors and indirect estimation of the contribution of interaction with them in the development of competence of the student.

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Keywords: professional competence, teacher, mentor, university supervisor, education student, practice teaching

Journal rubric: Psychology of Professional Activity

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Savin E.Y. The Role of Mentor-Student Relationship in Formation of Professional Competence in Pedagogy Students [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie [Psychological Science and Education], 2015. Vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 165–177. DOI: 10.17759/psyedu.2015070116. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Evgeny Y. Savin, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor of Psychology of Development and Education, Kaluga state University. K. E. Tsiolkovsky, Kaluga, Russia, e-mail:



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