ERIC Number: ED329613
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Turning Point: A White Paper on the Course of Mentoring.
This report summarizes the findings of a national conference on mentoring. Mentoring involves a structured relationship between two people, with the first imparting support, insight, and experience to the second. The following varieties of mentoring are discussed: (1) mentoring from the business community; (2) career mentoring within specific groups; (3) mentoring situations that demand specialized training; (4) mentoring within educational settings; (5) mentoring on the basis of language, culture, gender, or ethnic groups; (6) special needs or focus programs; (7) group mentoring; (8) youth-to-youth or peer mentoring; and (9) cross-age or intergenerational mentoring. The following realistic expectations of mentoring are outlined: (1) programs need to be linked to the greater community in order to be effective; (2) at-risk youth should be the primary target; (3) new programs should be based on the expertise of existing programs; (4) evaluations, research, and goal-setting must be pragmatically oriented and client focused; (5) mentoring can support students without being a burden for the school system; (6) mentoring should be viewed as a "strategy for success," not a "cure for ills"; and (7) the mentor often derives as much from the relationship as the student does. Recommendations concerning the role of government in mentoring programs and suggestions for a national association for mentoring are made. A list of the members of the conference planning committee and a list of the participants are appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; National Education Association, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: PLUS (Project Literacy U.S.).
Note: Proceedings of the National Mentoring Conference (Washington, DC, March 27-28, 1990). Also funded by Chrylser Corporation Fund.