ERIC Number: ED418249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
New Perspectives on Mentoring. ERIC Digest No. 194.
Like most institutions in a world of change, the practice of mentoring is being influenced by new forms of work, technology, and learning. Organizational trends such as downsizing, restructuring, teamwork, increased diversity, and individual responsibility for career development are contributing to a resurgent interest in mentoring in the 1990s. Many organizations are instituting formal mentoring programs as a cost-effective way to upgrade skills, enhance recruitment and retention, and increase job satisfaction. Telementoring through the Internet is emerging as a way to pair teachers and learners with subject-matter experts who can provide advice, guidance, and feedback on learning projects. Mentoring supports much of what is currently known about how individuals learn, including the socially constructed nature of learning and the importance of experiential, situated learning experiences. The most effective mentoring is that involving guided experiential learning. Because learning takes place within the social context, the interpersonal relationship of mentor and mentee is considered essential. If developing learning organizations in a learning society is a desirable social goal, mentoring can perform an important function in helping people develop their highest potential. (Contains 17 references) (MN)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
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.