ERIC Number: ED399403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
The Role of Mentoring in Career Education. Trends and Issues Alerts.
Lankard, Bettina A.
Although not a new concept, mentoring is being seen as an increasingly important part of an individual's career and work force development, requiring sophisticated skills of those who provide it. Mentoring has been defined as "a relationship in which a more experienced person facilitates the broad development of a less experienced person on a regular basis and over an extended period of time." It is directed to intellectual, personal, and social maturation as well as occupational development. Most mentoring is offered within school settings. It occurs in formal classroom settings, through work experience and apprenticeship programs, and through company- and community-sponsored programs. Recognizing the complexity of successful mentoring, educators are focusing on establishment of performance standards for mentoring services in career development. The quality of mentoring in school settings will depend on staff members' ability to incorporate career development concepts and activities into the curriculum and to consult with and use employers, community groups, and the general public to support the schools' career development process. Youth mentoring programs in the workplace are becoming increasingly prevalent, especially for noncollege-bound youth. A mentoring initiative implemented by the Association for Women in Science was found to be most helpful to the students in the areas of self-image and self-confidence, networking and professional contacts, career opportunities and options, letters of reference, and balancing family and work. With national education efforts focused on effective school-to-work transitions, it is likely that the use of mentoring will continue to grow, expand in focus, and improve in quality. (Contains an annotated list of 13 print resources and 3 resource organizations.) (KC)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.