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ERIC Number: EJ818375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 83
ISSN: ISSN-1361-1267
Mentoring as a Learning Tool: Enhancing the Effectiveness of an Undergraduate Business Mentoring Program
D'Abate, Caroline P.; Eddy, Erik R.
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v16 n4 p363-378 Nov 2008
Mentoring can be used as a pedagogical alternative both to extend and augment the educational experience of business students. This article addresses a gap in the literature regarding the use and effectiveness of mentoring in undergraduate business education by examining improvements to an existing mentoring program. After reviewing the mentoring literature and identifying four critical elements for program success (matching, preparation, interaction and outcome assessment), the researchers used a cohort design and developed a survey to assess baseline participant satisfaction with these elements. Interventions were developed to enhance the mentoring program, and a second cohort allowed the authors to assess the benefits of these interventions. With statistically significant improvements in two out of four program elements (and a third showing marginally significant differences), the results demonstrate that the authors' approach to evaluating and enhancing mentoring program effectiveness is useful in business education. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A