ERIC Number: ED342028
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Coaches Mentoring Coaches: Follow-Up on the Denver Conference on Forensics Education.
The topic of mentoring is one which has drawn renewed interest in the forensic community. Mentoring does exist in forensic coaching. A mentor can be seen both as one who makes a map for the protege and as a guide more interested in developing the traveler than fixing the road. Experienced coaches tend to see themselves and their mentors as trusted guides, while novices appear to seek mentors who would serve as mapmakers for the novices' entry into the profession. Research findings indicate that the forensic coaching community should move to: (1) establish, through existing forensic organizations, formal mentoring; (2) retain and expand informal mentoring; and (3) expand the promotion function which mentoring can serve for less experienced coaches. Some in the field seek a clearer definition of mentoring, while others see finding mentors as the most important issue. There is widespread sentiment that mentoring should both promote professional development and help novice coaches "learn the ropes." Furthermore, it is clear that even experienced coaches need mentors sometimes. Mentoring is underutilized, particularly considering that forensics is only as good as its coaches. Retired coaches and mentoring directories are excellent sources of support for forensic professionals. Mentoring should begin in graduate school and continue on novice coaches' home campuses and through forensic organizations. (SG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Academic Community; Debate Coaches
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (77th, Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 3, 1991).