ERIC Number: ED446307
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Factors in Successful Mentoring Relationships.
Tolentino, Barbara Wang
Informal mentoring has always served as a means of fostering development and growth of the younger members of our society. Mentoring programs take on many forms. Some target youth development, while others foster development within professions, such as the mentoring of new teachers. Prior research on influential factors in mentoring outcomes focused on mentee and/or mentor attitudes, which might be found to affect mentoring success. This study seeks to broaden the range of factors considered in analysis of mentoring relationships, and to evaluate both programmatic and individual influences on the nature of mentoring outcomes. It uses three measures of mentoring success: psycho-social support received, career support received, and personal evaluation. Two conclusions can be drawn from the study: (1) analysis of structural and personal variables allowed for more comprehensive description of mentoring relationships, as situated in a formalized context; and (2) although the sample population was drawn from a single mentoring program, the program was structured such that variations were present along variables of interest, allowing comparative analysis to be conducted successfully. Several recommendations for mentoring program design are included. Appendix A is "Correlation Matrix" and Appendix B is "Mentoring Experiences Questionnaire." (Contains 1 figure; 7 tables; and 18 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999).