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ERIC Number: ED524205
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Cross-Level Peer Mentoring
Goel, Sanjay
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With increasing demand for engineering education in India, universities and colleges are finding it increasingly difficult to build enough faculty capacity to provide a long term individual attention to all students. A few hours of weekly engagement of senior students in mentoring junior students can greatly supplement faculty efforts to enhance the technical competence of a much larger number of junior students. This paper describes our experiment with cross peer mentoring for the last six years, and makes a case for introducing it as a conscious student teaching/learning strategy in the engineering curricula across the country. The paper also argues that cross-level curricular peer mentoring has multi-dimensional effects on mentees as well as mentors. Instead of viewing it as a strategy to partially overcome faculty shortage for junior level courses, it should be viewed as a necessary educational experience for seniors that helps them enhance several of their own competencies. Two appendixes present: (1) Advantages of Mentoring as Identified by Final Year Students Involved in Crosslevel Mentoring of Juniors, 2009; and (2) Advantages of Mentoring as Identified by Alumni.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India