ERIC Number: EJ1121452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Mentoring Experiences of Latina Graduate Students
García, Irán O.; Henderson, Sheila J.
Multicultural Learning and Teaching, v10 n1 p91-109 Mar 2015
In order to contribute to knowledge on the Latina graduate students' experiences and the role of mentoring relationships in their pursuit of higher education, the purpose of this qualitative study was to interview Latina doctoral students about their lived experience. Four Latina graduate students at a graduate university in San Francisco, California were recruited by way of student email lists, flyers, and social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Hi5, and word of mouth. Participants took part in a face-to-face interview guided by semi-structured questions. Within the same cultural and cross-cultural mentoring relationship experiences described, a sequential analysis of the interview transcripts revealed the following themes consistent with the Kram model of mentoring: (a) conceptualizations of a "good mentor," (b) how mentoring influenced their pursuit of graduate studies, and (c) the impact of mentoring on their self-confidence and self-esteem. While many studies exist on mentoring students, there is relatively little research on the mentoring experiences of Latina graduate students. It is hoped that this small study will motivate much needed further research in the mentoring needs of the Latina/o community. One possible issue revealed in this study was the absence of within culture or cross-cultural mentoring for Latina graduate students.
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Females, Graduate Students, Student Experience, Mentors, Qualitative Research, Doctoral Programs, Interviews, Semi Structured Interviews, Self Esteem, Cultural Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California (San Francisco)
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