ERIC Number: EJ811799
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
Are Advocacy, Mutuality, and Evaluation Incompatible Mentoring Functions?
Johnson, W. Brad
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v16 n1 p31-44 Feb 2008
Exemplary faculty-student mentorships in graduate school are defined by several salient mentor functions and numerous benefits for student proteges. Over time, helpful mentorships are increasingly defined by mutuality, reciprocity and professional collegiality; mentors often become increasingly partisan advocates for their proteges. Few scholars have addressed the potential incompatibility between the mentor's collegial, advocacy, and evaluative roles. This article addresses the apparent tension between a mentor's inclinations toward mutuality and advocacy and his or her ethical obligation to objectively evaluate student performance and serve as gatekeeper on behalf of the profession. The author offers several recommendations to administrators and faculty members in academe aimed at minimizing negative outcomes caused by mentor role tension.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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