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ERIC Number: ED361715
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-2
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Resisting Mastery.
Ervin, Elizabeth
Excerpts from interviews with four women mentors in academe illustrate a common, problematic syndrome which involves resistance to assuming the position of master. Each of the women expressed a profound discomfort with the idea of being considered an "expert" and each resisted the role in her own way. Sarah had adopted a stance of distance with her own students and with her mentors. Roberta adhered to a "sponsorship" position to help define the boundaries between her personal and professional lives. Debbie, who resisted the idea that as a mentor she should be an all-knowing expert, saw herself as a "co-investigator" who was drawn into collaboration as an alternative. And Maria, faced with the blunt reality of discrimination as a Mexican and part-time graduate student, felt that a good mentor is not an expert but an advocate who is in a position to help students succeed in spite of discrimination. (NH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A