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ERIC Number: ED341089
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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The Role of the Ex-Forensics Director as a Mentor.
Carver, Cynthia R.
A forensics mentor is a person of greater rank, experience, or expertise who teaches, guides, and develops a person less experienced in the forensics profession. Interviews show that coaches and directors favor mentoring, and feel that it is desirable to the forensics community. In considering the applicability of mentoring to forensics, however, educators must note that questions and concerns exist about both the practice of mentoring and the research conducted to date on mentoring relationships. Possible drawbacks or dangers include relationships that are exploitive, stifling or overprotective. The second National Development Conference on Individual Events has offered the following three recommendations for successfully establishing mentoring in forensics: (1) establish formal mentoring programs; (2) expand the existence of informal mentoring; and (3) expand the promotion function which mentoring can serve for less experienced forensics coaches. Ex-forensics directors are a potentially untapped resource for fulfilling the mentoring role. Some issues must be considered, however, when considering their use as mentors. First, ex-directors are unlikely to be good mentors if they were not good mentors when they were active directors. Second, they must be ready to relinquish the power and control associated with the director's position. Third, there is a question as to whether individuals who are no longer active in coaching can remain in touch. Finally, ex-directors may not be effective mentors unless they make an effort to be cognizant of potential problems and issues associated with mentoring. (Fourteen references are attached.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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