ERIC Number: ED429494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Feb-28
Co-Mentoring Support Groups in Higher Education.
Mullen, Carol A.; Whatley, April; Kealy, William A.
This paper presents a model for a co-mentoring support group among graduate students and faculty, using as a case study the development of a faculty-student support group in a college of education at a university. This support group began in 1995 and consisted of 11 participants who met formally for one year and have continued to meet informally since that time. Over time, the members created solidarity by describing personal research questions and preferred methodologies, and by sharing the impact of the changing direction of school leadership on their work. It is concluded that faculty-student support groups can provide a viable context for identifying salient mentoring themes, for envisioning them in constructive and holistic terms, and for experimenting with role playing as co-mentors. In addition, an expanded definition of mentoring can facilitate mentor identity development and deepen the capacity for human connection, and an understanding of broader socialization patterns can make explicit issues of mentorship and identity formation. A focus on self-study with others can create conditions for heightened motivation and ongoing learning. (Contains 43 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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