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Mentoring

Ehrich, Lisa C. (2011) Mentoring. In O'Toole, Sean, Ferres, Natalie, & Connell, Julia (Eds.) People Development : Developing Individuals, Managers and Organisations. Tilde University Press, Prahran, VIC, pp. 7-16.

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Abstract

For many years mentoring has been a well-recognised learning strategy for workers in a variety of settings such as schools, hospitals, universities and other types of organisations. It has been used to induct, socialise, train and support the knowledge and skill development of novices in all types of professions, including novice leaders. Some organisations have formalised the mentoring process by introducing mentoring programs that are integral to their human resource management strategies. Other organisations employ mentoring programs to address affirmative action requirements thus providing mentoring opportunities to members of particular target groups as a means of developing their competencies and assisting their career progression. Because of the diversity of ways in which mentoring has been used in organisations it has taken different forms and been experienced by mentors and mentees in different ways.

The aim of this chapter is to provide some clarity about the term ‘mentoring’ and its practice within organisations. It begins with an exploration of the meaning and purposes of mentoring before reviewing some of the benefits and drawbacks the process provides for mentors, persons who are mentored (i.e. mentees) and for the organisation as a whole. The chapter also considers a number of issues that are important for program planners, as well as issues that mentors and mentees should understand if they are going to make the most out of their mentoring relationship.

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ID Code: 44041
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: mentoring, benefits, drawbacks, formal programs, planners
ISBN: 9780734610890
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Tilde University Press
Deposited On: 18 Aug 2011 22:33
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2013 09:37

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