Coaching and mentoring in education


Emerald and SDGs
An Emerald mission in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Effective coaching and mentoring has an important role within an education context; it can improve student and staff performance and make a direct contribution to a person’s learning and development.

This mission highlights cutting-edge research, theoretical accounts, and emerging issues of mentoring and coaching in educational contexts, including schools, colleges and universities.

Join us in our mission to learn how, in partnership with some of our authors and experts from the community, we’ve been exploring this subject.

We’re inviting authors to publish with us in the field of education, so if you are working on an article, have an idea for a book or policy brief, or would like to contribute a blog or commentary then we’d love to hear from you.

This mission supports our quality education for all goal

Coaching and mentoring in higher education

Coaching and mentoring are two distinct approaches to learning and development.

Coaching is a short-term process that focuses on specific goals and tasks, providing guidance and feedback to help individuals improve their performance. Mentoring, on the other hand, is a long-term relationship that is more holistic in nature, where a mentor shares their knowledge, wisdom, and experience to guide the mentee’s personal and professional growth. While coaching is task-oriented, mentoring is relationship-driven.

This expert panel explore how higher education institutions around the world can benefit from embedding coaching and mentoring programmes for students and staff and learn about the different strategies and challenges.

View the webinar

Related research

Explore our range of research on the topic of coaching and mentoring in education.

Journal articles

Search Emerald Insight for more articles

Different routes to publication

See our special issues, book chapters and books on the topic of coaching and mentoring in education.

Special issues


Book chapters


Book titles


Call for series proposals!

If you have a proposal for a book series that explores the topic of coaching and mentoring in education, we’d love to hear from you!

Please get in touch with Commissioning Editor Kirsty Woods.

Section 4

Additional information



The use of digital tools in mentoring preservice teachers

How do digital and discursive tools contribute to mentoring conversations?

View the infographic to find out more (PDF)

Article: Tool-based mentoring conversations in teacher education: new structures, opportunities and the role of adaptive expertise

Journal: International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education

The use of digital tools in mentoring preservice teachers

The quality of conversations between preservice teachers (PTs) and their mentors during mentoring has an impact on PTs’ reported satisfaction with mentoring, development of teaching skills, professional development, and learning

How do digital and discursive tools contribute to mentoring conversations?

  • 12 participants (5 mentors and 7 PTs)
  • School-based mentoring using tools
  • Interviews on experiences of using tools in mentoring conversations
  • Thematic analysis of responses

Three new tools were incorporated into school-based mentoring

  • Decision simulator to understand PTs’ preferred teaching style
  • Compilation of PTs’ self-report and feedback from PTs’ pupils
  • Video clips of PTs’ planned teaching session

Mentors perceived three main changes in mentoring conversations

  • Shift from established routines makes mentoring demanding and time-consuming
  • Tools served as conversation starters and made PTs active drivers of conversation
  • Information provided by the tools made conversations richer and more targeted

PTs perceived that the tools brought about three main changes in mentoring conversations

  • Making preparation phase and mentoring conversations more structured
  • Facilitating discussions on one’s own professional development during the conversations
  • Providing a fresh perspective of how one conducts oneself in class or performs classroom management

Although initially time-consuming, mentoring conversations supported by digital and discursive tools facilitate reflection and foster the development of adaptive expertise in PTs and mentors.

Talk to us about your work

We love hearing from researchers and practitioners about their work.

If you would like to contribute to the discussion, or have supporting research on the topic of coaching and mentoring in education, please let us know by filling in this form.


You can read the full information about how we use personal data in our Privacy Notice. You can simply click the ‘unsubscribe’ link in any marketing email you receive from us if you don't want to receive them.

Mission-led research – our goals

Our core area of focus is interdisciplinary research aligned with the UN SDGs, with these key goals in mind, all of which are about creating real world impact, at a time when it's needed most.

Fairer society

We are passionate about working with researchers globally to deliver a fairer, more inclusive society. This perhaps has never been more important in today’s divided world...



Healthier lives

We understand the value of a world that recognises and protects the most vulnerable and acknowledges the importance of a healthy mind as well as a healthy body...



Responsible management

We aim to champion researchers, practitioners, policymakers and organisations who share our goals of a more ethical, responsible and sustainable way of working...



Quality education for all

We believe in quality education for everyone, everywhere and by highlighting the issue and working with experts in the field, we can find ways we can all be part of the solution...



Sustainable structures and infrastructures

We recognise the transformative power of sustainable engineering, design and building practices in creating a world where our planet and its inhabitants can thrive.