Informal mentoring in academia

Ehrich, Lisa C. & Brian, Hansford (2008) Informal mentoring in academia. The International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching, 6(2), pp. 14-27.

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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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ID Code: 17128
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: mentoring, informal, university, supervision, formal program, HERN
ISSN: 1815-804X
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 04:20
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2016 03:02

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