ERIC Number: EJ799528
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Outcome Assessment of Mentorship Program
Johnson, Christopher J.; Bulot, Jay; Johnson, Roxanna H.
Educational Gerontology, v34 n7 p555-569 Jul 2008
This paper reports results of a survey that studied the outcomes of a mentorship program. Students enrolled in a core course for the MA and certificate in gerontology programs were required to select either a long-term care service, a program in aging, or an agency providing services for senior adults, where they could spend a day interacting with a mentor. A wide range of sites were available and students could select one site for 8 hours or two sites for 4 hours each. The researchers were interested in assessing both the opinions of the students who participated and of the mentors themselves about this educational experience. A survey that had a series of open-ended and close-ended questions was administered to all graduate students who participated as well as to the mentors at their various sites. This paper discusses the implications of this program as a model for other gerontology programs. It delineates mentor and student suggestions about the strengths and weaknesses of the current set-up of the mentorship program. Suggestions are made for further study of this pedagogical tool.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Core Curriculum, Mentors, Educational Gerontology, Educational Experience, Older Adults, Aging (Individuals), Program Effectiveness, Field Experience Programs, Opinions, Surveys, Computer Assisted Testing, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Educational Technology
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana