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ERIC Number: EJ809997
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1360-144X
"Gifts" in Mentoring: Mentees' Reflections on an Academic Development Program
Kamvounias, Patty; McGrath-Champ, Susan; Yip, Jeaney
International Journal for Academic Development, v13 n1 p17-25 Mar 2008
The literature concerning formal and informal mentoring relationships commonly focuses on mentors giving and mentees receiving certain benefits. This paper gives voice to mentees' reflections on their participation in a formal mentoring program. It extends the literature by identifying and examining the notion of gift in mentoring. Through analysis of personal reflections and interview data, elements of gift are explored--obligation, reciprocity and gratitude. Recognition that in the mentoring relationship the mentee can make meaningful "return" to the mentor is not commonly acknowledged, and stands to strengthen such relationships. This in turn can underpin the success of such programs and guide academic developers considering their introduction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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