ERIC Number: ED364784
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Mentorship in Practice: A Multi-Method Approach.
Schreck, Timothy J.; And Others
This study was conducted to evaluate a field-based mentorship program using a multi-method approach. It explored the use of mentorship as practiced in the Florida Compact, a business education partnership established in Florida in 1987. The study was designed to identify differences between mentors and mentorees, as well as differences within mentoree subgroups. It also identified differences in outcome data for subgroups of mentorees using school record data. Surveys were developed and administered to 119 adolescents in grades 8 through 12 who were mentorees in the program and 77 community and business persons from the local communities who served as mentors. Focus groups were used to gather data that were unavailable to the researchers using more traditional methods. Very few items on the survey instrument indicated strong differences between mentors and mentorees, suggesting that the process of mentorship is experienced similarly by both groups. However, the mentors tended to rank the items higher across the board, while mentorees' responses indicated a greater range of responses. Males and females showed a significant difference in their responses to the importance of discussing home problems. Four items supported the idea that students are less reluctant to discuss certain issues as they grow older: encouraging the students, tutoring mathematics, talking about discipline, and solving student problems. Focus group data revealed that the most important element of mentorship for the students was talking. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
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Note: A paper based on this research was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Florida Educational Research Association (Destin, FL, November 10-13, 1993).