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ERIC Number: EJ1072847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0363-4523
Mentorship on the Doctoral Level: An Examination of Communication Faculty Mentors' Traits and Functions
Carpenter, Serena; Makhadmeh, Naheda; Thornton, Leslie-Jean
Communication Education, v64 n3 p366-384 2015
A mentor can be of great importance to doctoral student success and progress. While many have studied student perceptions of the process, research regarding how doctoral faculty mentors interpret and enact mentoring practices is less evident. To address this empirical gap, a doctoral student mentor functions measure was created. The measure is based on two surveys, one involving 21 specific mentors, and another of 551 communication faculty self-identified as mentoring doctoral students. Results show that research method preference, recent research productivity, academic rank, and mentor self-efficacy significantly related to variations in mentor functions (career, psychosocial, research, and intellectual). The findings reveal certain traits can influence participants' interpretation of mentoring.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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