Mentoring across the professions : some issues and challenges

Ehrich, Lisa C., Hansford, Brian C., & Ehrich, John Fitzgerald (2011) Mentoring across the professions : some issues and challenges. In Millwater, Jan, Ehrich, Lisa C., & Beutel, Denise A. (Eds.) Perspectives on practice : experiences in professional education: a transdisciplinary approach. Post Pressed, Australia, pp. 93-113.

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Mentoring has been identified as a valuable learning activity for beginners and more experienced personnel across a range of professions. For example, education, nursing, medicine, law, accounting , and public administration are among those professions that have utilised mentoring programs as a way of socialising and developing the skills and competencies of new professionals. The definition of mentoring used in this paper comes from Hansford, Tennent, and Ehrich (2002, 2003) that describes mentoring as a process whereby a more experienced practitioner works with, supports, guides and provides professional development to a less experienced practitioner. Mentoring, then, is often used to develop novice or less experienced professionals at two important phases in their career: (i) during their initial university training; and (ii) after graduation from university. For example, within the field experience components of many university degrees in education, nursing, medicine, social work, and other human service programs, students are assigned workplace mentors who assist them in transferring important skills and knowledge learned at university into practical setting. For concentrated periods of time during their degree, pre-service teachers, pre-service nurses and medical students work in the field alongside a workplace mentor.

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ID Code: 41921
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: mentoring, professions, chanllenges, issues
ISBN: 9781921214851
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
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 2011 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 07 Jun 2011 22:52
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:22

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