ERIC Number: ED242642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
What about Mentors and Women in Academe?
Atcherson, Esther; Jenny, Joanna
A study to compare the mentorship experiences of female and male faculty members in a large research institute of higher education is described. Three hypotheses were defined: (1) mentors are not available to women and men on an equal basis during key points in career development; (2) if the sex of the mentor and person receiving guidance differs, the form of guidance will differ; and (3) people who have had mentors are more likely to serve as mentors for others than those who have not had this experience. Equal numbers of female and male respondents (N=218) responded to a questionnaire concerning presence of mentor, sex of mentor and recipient, moral support provided, degree of sponsorship, professional connections, and career point of mentor guidance. Although over 3/4 of the men and women involved in the study reported having had a mentor themselves, there was a statistically significant difference between their perception about the general availability of mentors. More women than men believed that mentors were not generally available to members of their sex. The study did not indicate that it was particularly important to have a mentor of the same sex. It did indicate that a higher proportion of faculty members who had received guidance and sponsorship by a mentor served as mentors for others. A series of tables show data for each questionnaire item. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Midyear Conference of the American Educational Research Association Research on Women and Education Special Interest Group (9th, Tempe, AZ, November 3-5, 1983).