ERIC Number: ED322817
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
An Ethnographic Comparison of Mentoring Functions for Women in Academe and Business.
Luna, Gaye; Cullen, Deborah
A total of 14 women in high administrative or executive positions was studied to investigate the mentoring activity of primary women role models in business and academe. Two primary questions asked were: (1) In what ways have you mentored other women? (2) How can mentoring assist in the personal and professional development of women? Through the interview process, personal account data were gathered during two-hour sessions. It became clear that women in academe were more sensitive to enhancing the personal development of junior colleagues than women in business. Women in the business world focused primarily on the development of proteges' careers and to a lesser extent on the psychosocial functions of mentoring. Women in business became more like the dominant male group and abandoned feminine caretaking or nurturing qualities. There was also little evidence that women mentors in business or academe protected their proteges, took responsibility for mistakes outside the proteges' control, or acted as buffers. An appendix lists career and psychosocial functions of mentoring. Contains 44 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Meeting (Boston, MA, April 23-27, 1990).