Informal mentoring in academia
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This paper reports the findings of an exploratory qualitative study of thirty-two academics’ experiences of informal mentoring within one university faculty in Australia. Participants were invited to write about their experiences of informal mentoring in terms of how and why the relationship was established; whether they had participated in a formal mentoring program and how it compared to informal mentoring; and the positive and negative outcomes of their informal mentoring experience. The results demonstrated that, in most instances, mentors selected participants not vice versa, one-quarter of the sample indicated they had participated in a formal program, and overwhelmingly, participants identified positive outcomes of their informal mentoring experiences. The paper concludes by raising some pertinent issues impacting upon and implications for informal mentoring in universities.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||mentoring, informal, university, supervision, formal program|
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research|
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2008 European Mentoring & Coaching Council|
|Copyright Statement:||Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher|
|Deposited On:||06 Jan 2009 14:20|
|Last Modified:||25 Mar 2013 18:18|
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