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ERIC Number: ED427596
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 41
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Satisfaction and Mentoring: An African American Perspective. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Watkins, Gayle Harris
This study used both quantitative and qualitative methodology to analyze whether mentoring is related to student satisfaction and whether different elements of mentoring are important to different groups, particularly African American and Anglo-American graduate students at predominantly white institutions. A survey completed by 96 students, including 44 African-American and 24 Anglo-Americans, asked students to evaluate satisfaction with their institution, with mentoring functions received at their institution and who rendered these services, and with student perception of mentoring. Findings indicated that 50 percent of participants had a faculty mentor; that black students received far fewer services from faculty members than did Anglo students; and that 16 percent of African American and 30 percent of Anglo students reported having an excellent mentoring relationship. Of the 12 mentoring functions significantly related to satisfaction, those with the highest correlation included: providing knowledge, experience, and professionalism; providing an introduction into professional networks; and giving constructive criticism of student academic progress. Appendices list mentoring functions. (Contains 90 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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