ERIC Number: ED406193
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
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Mentoring Experiences as Professional Development for Leaders in Environmental Education: The Cascade of Influence.
Fortino, Carol Ann
Although both the content and the practice of environmental education have been widely researched, its leadership is only partly understood. This study explores the importance of mentoring during the personal and professional development of leaders in environmental education. Four major questions were investigated. First, have leaders been mentored during their involvement with environmental education? Second, when and how has mentoring taken place? Third, what was the personal and professional effectiveness of the mentoring relationship? Fourth, is there any continuation of the mentoring process which might be appropriate for professional development within the field of environmental education? Leaders were solicited from a broad field of environmental educators, from academia to the private sector. Research elicited data from 57 persons in Queensland, Australia, and Colorado. Three major categories of informal mentoring were revealed: (1) perceived; (2) acknowledged; and (3) deliberate. Further analysis led to the evolution of the core concept: a Cascade of Influence. This sample of leaders, mentors, and new mentorees moved from the perception of having been mentored to the acknowledgment of these relationships and an affirmation of their efficacy for personal and professional growth. Heightened awareness and more frequent cascading of mentoring have positive implications for professional development of future leaders. Contains 364 references. (Author/PVD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Identifiers: Australia (Queensland); Colorado
Note: Ph.D. Thesis, Queensland University of Technology.