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ERIC Number: ED502221
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Effectiveness of Mentoring Program Practices. Research in Action. Issue 2
DuBois, David L.
MENTOR
This article focuses on mentoring program practices in relation to issues of effectiveness, while recognizing that implications for program quality conceptualized more broadly is a key concern in need of greater investigation. The author provides an overview of selected conceptual and methodological issues involved with identification of evidence-based mentoring program practices and a framework for summarizing and evaluating the evidence that pertains to the effectiveness of a given practice. Major findings of existing research on the efficacy of mentoring program practice are summarized. A more in-depth examination of the evidence relevant to pre-match training of mentors is provided as an illustration of the process that might be involved with evaluating the evidence to support the effectiveness of a particular program practice. Other practices that are widely regarded as core components of mentoring programs, such as volunteer screening, matching, supervision, and recruitment, have received a similar or lesser degree of preliminary study and are presented as in need of more extensive investigation. Newer modalities and structures for mentoring, including group, site-based, peer, and on-line, also require more in-depth examination. These considerations underscore the importance of coupling application and ongoing refinement of the proposed framework with intensified efforts to strengthen the available evidence base. The author advocates that these complementary directions, if embraced by the field, hold significant promise for yielding insights and recommendations that substantially improve mentoring program effectiveness. The article is followed by suggestions on how practitioners can incorporate the research findings into mentoring programs and a list of additional resources. (Contains 1 table.) [The 10-issue "Research in Action" series, edited by Jean E. Rhodes, is the initial project of the MENTOR Research and Policy Council, charged with taking current mentoring research and translating it into useful, user-friendly materials for mentoring practitioners. For full series, see ED502220 through ED502229, inclusive.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: MetLife Foundation
Authoring Institution: MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership