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ERIC Number: ED404910
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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The Role of Mentoring in the College Experiences of Mature African American Women: A Qualitative Investigation.
Munford, Rhonda L.
This study examined the role of mentoring for mature African American women during their reentry college experience. In-depth interviews were conducted with 19 women (mean age 41.7 years) about their current educational experiences, occupational and professional goals, support networks, and family commitments, multiple roles, and concerns about role overload. Eight of the women reported having a mentor. The mentors included former/current bosses, professional colleagues, friends, and relatives. Mentoring activities reported included having mentors provide advice/direction regarding professional development, provide educational/spiritual/personal support, offer advice on financial matters, and support academic/scholastic concerns. When asked about their perception of the "ideal" mentor, most of the women provided fairly detailed descriptions of what they desired in such an individual. Most of the women interviewed perceived having mentors as somewhat to very important in terms of facilitating their personal growth and development, their educational growth, and their career success. (Contains 13 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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