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Peer mentoring for first year teacher education students: The mentors' experience

Heirdsfield, Ann M., Walker, Sue, Walsh, Kerryann M., & Wilss, Lynn A. (2008) Peer mentoring for first year teacher education students: The mentors' experience. Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 16(2), pp. 109-124.

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Abstract

Universities worldwide are developing peer mentoring programs to assist first year students' transition into university life. Awareness of the mentees' experiences in the mentoring program – the successes and challenges – contributes to ongoing planning for successful transition for first-year students. Also, understanding the mentors' experiences can contribute to the success of the program and, more importantly, can lead to strong self efficacy for the mentors. This qualitative study appraises a mentoring program for first-year undergraduate students from the mentors' perspective. The mentors’ experiences, both positive and negative, are discussed and a relational model of mentoring is presented. The results of this inquiry have implications for the development of future mentoring programs, particularly in terms of mentor recruitment and preparation, if first-year students are to be effectively oriented and supported in their transition to university study.

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ID Code: 12988
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Peer mentoring, mentoring program, transition to university, first year experience
DOI: 10.1080/13611260801916135
ISSN: 1469-9745
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning 16(2):pp. 109-124.
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:45

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