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Mentoring in the public sector

Ehrich, Lisa C. & Hansford, Brian C. (2008) Mentoring in the public sector. Practical Experiences in Professional Education, 11(1), pp. 1-16.

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Abstract

Mentoring programs are commonplace in both private and public sector organisations throughout the world. The focus of this paper is an examination of 25 research based papers published between 1991 and 2006 that report the outcomes of formalised mentoring programs for public sector workers. A structured review of the literature was used to reveal the focus of the programs as well as the positive and negative outcomes of mentoring for the parties concerned. The findings revealed that the majority of programs reported on outcomes for leaders. More positive outcomes than negative outcomes were attributed to mentoring. Commonly cited positive outcomes included improved skills / knowledge and increased confidence; and negative outcomes included lack of time and lack of mentor training and understanding.

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ID Code: 17133
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Mentoring, Public Sector, Formal, Benefits, Drawbacks
ISSN: 1329-9492
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
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 Professional Experience Unit, Faculty of Education, QUT
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 06 Jan 2009 13:33
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:18

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