ERIC Number: EJ1023485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Mentoring from the Outside: The Role of a Peer Mentoring Community in the Development of Early Career Education Faculty
Bottoms, SueAnn; Pegg, Jerine; Adams, Anne; Wu, Ke; Smith Risser, H.; Kern, Anne L.
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v21 n2 p195-218 2013
Developing an identity as a researcher and negotiating the expectations and responsibilities of academic life are challenges that many beginning education faculty face. Mentoring can provide support for this transition; however, traditional forms of mentoring may be unavailable, limited, or lack the specific components that individual mentees desire or need. In this paper, we draw on a community of practice perspective to examine and understand the complex and emerging nature of an informal peer mentoring community composed of beginning education faculty members from different institutions. Our engagement in this peer mentoring community is examined through reflections on our experiences and our collective narratives. The formation of our group began with our mutual desires for support in advancing scholarship and navigating the transition to academia and has grown into a community that supports us both personally and professionally as we develop our identities as educational researchers.
Descriptors: College Faculty, Beginning Teacher Induction, Mentors, Communities of Practice, Peer Groups, Group Dynamics, Professional Identity, Career Education, Personal Narratives, Reflection, Collegiality, Transitional Programs, Learning Activities, Faculty Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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