ERIC Number: ED331451
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Mentoring in Higher Education.
Valadez, James R.; Duran, Richard P.
This paper describes a research project that examined the impact a mentoring program had on college faculty and students. The program was designed to provide a collaborative research experience for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. The goals of the program were to assist graduate students in establishing mentoring relationships with faculty, develop their research skills, and help them to select research topics for their doctoral dissertations. The program was intended to give undergraduates exposure to research, provide them with an inside view of life as a graduate student, and develop their aspirations for research careers. A case study method was used for examining the processes involved in mentoring relationships. Twenty-two mentorship teams were studied involving a total of 22 faculty, 25 graduate students, and 38 undergraduates. By examining the major themes that emerged from the data (commitment and teamwork, faculty participation, hands-on research, structure, and consistency), it was determined that the research mentorships were providing an effective method for developing students, including minority students, into research scholars. Close interaction with faculty was viewed as an effective way to teach students the skills necessary for research. Contains 19 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 1991).