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ERIC Number: EJ798188
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
A Qualitative Study of the Learning Processes and Outcomes Associated with Students Who Serve as Peer Mentors
Harmon, Brad V.
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v18 n2 p53-82 2006
While students who serve as peer mentors seem to experience significant growth and development, little research exists on learning outcomes associated with this experience. The purpose of this study was to examine what type of learning students who served as peer mentors experienced during the mentoring process. In this generic qualitative study, peer mentors who worked with undergraduate first-year students in learning communities were interviewed about their perceptions of what they learned from their experiences as well as how that learning impacted their personal and professional development. Interviews with peer mentors revealed that they learn through self-reflective and collaborative processes by reflecting on their own personal experiences and integrating learning from those experiences into their mentoring style. Peer mentors internalize learning experiences and immediately apply them to their own personal development while discovering practical career-related applications for how to use what they learn. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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