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ERIC Number: ED401344
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Pages: 63
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The Next Generation: The Mentoring of African American Graduate Students on Predominately White University Campuses.
Faison, Jewel Jones
The unique bond between mentors and mentees is a complex dyad with unusual strength and trust. It is a relationship of special importance to African American graduate students, who have cited mentor relationships as vital to their persistence in graduate school. African American graduate students do face great difficulties in finding adequate mentoring relationships. This study attempted to identify the behaviors exhibited by mentors of African American graduate students at predominantly White universities that contribute to the success of mentoring relationships. The study was guided by a constructivist paradigm. Data for the study were gathered through in-depth recorded telephone interviews, open-ended, but focused around an interview protocol. Over half of those interviewed reported intense mentoring experiences during their time in graduate school. Roles performed by mentors were characterized as academic, facilitative, professional development, career support, and personal support. The mentor's time was the commodity most needed by graduate students, and personal characteristics of the mentors meant more to the students than activity setting and positional characteristics. The value attributed by these students to mentorship indicates the great need for mentoring by university faculty for African American graduate students on predominantly White campuses. (Contains 84 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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