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Mrs Min Duchenski
20 Bedford Way
Tel: 0207 6126719 (Ext: 06719)
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  • Lecturer
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

Min Duchenski BA PGCE MSc is the Subject Leader for the PGCE in Psychology at the Institute of Education.  In this role she teaches subject studies to the PGCE Psychology and PGCE Social Science student teachers, supervises PGCE students on placement, supports students pastorally and works in partnership with school based subject mentors. 

Previously, Min was a Psychology, Social Sciences and Humanities teacher and then Head of Psychology, teaching in secondary schools for 14 years. She was also the Psychology network leader for all heads of Psychology departments in the Ealing Schools’ Alliance.  She completed the National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership (NPQSL) and was a GCSE and A Level Psychology examiner for a number of years. 

Min moved into Higher Education in September 2015. She introduced a pilot Lead Mentor Scheme across the PGCE in Psychology and PGCE in Social Science with the view to improve collaboration between HEI and schools, as well as the consistency in school-based mentoring. She briefly collaborated with colleagues from Dublin City University in researching about successful mentoring practices.  

Min completed her MSc in Educational Neuroscience with distinction. She is currently a HE external examiner for the PGCE Psychology and PGCE Social Science at Wolverhampton University and is a member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS).  

Research Summary

My research interests include the benefits of a lead mentor scheme in initial teacher education in strengthening the partnership between University and schools and improving the quality and consistency of school-based mentoring through focused professional development. The lead mentor scheme has involved a pilot year of 3 experienced school-based mentors in the PGCE Psychology and PGCE Social Science, who have contributed to our programmes in a number of ways.  This has included supporting and guiding new subject mentors and aspiring lead mentors, contributing to subject specific mentor training sessions at the IOE, contributing to curriculum planning, in line with student teacher developmental needs and delivering subject studies sessions to our student teachers.

My personal interests also include wellbeing and improving positive mental health of young people.  My Master’s dissertation involved the exploration of a conceptual framework of wellbeing in young children and investigated the influence of optimism and pessimism on risk of depression (significant link found between pessimism and risk of depression).  My current PhD proposal is exploring whether emotion regulation training can improve wellbeing of individuals who have experienced trauma. 

Conference Paper

Duchenski, M. (2019).  Building Meaningful Collaborations and Reducing Risk to Partnerships in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) through a Lead Mentor Scheme.  Paper to be presented at the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Hamburg, Germany.

Teaching Summary

I have worked in Higher Education for 5 years as the subject leader for the PGCE in Psychology. Previously I was a secondary school teacher for 14 years, teaching mostly Psychology, social science and humanities subjects and was Head of Psychology in secondary schools in West and North West London schools.

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