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ERIC Number: EJ822934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1366-4530
The Road to Ithaca: A Mentee's and Mentor's Journey
Gabel-Dunk, Genie; Craft, Anna
Teacher Development, v8 n2-3 p277-295 Oct 2004
In this article a teacher/researcher and an academic mentor explore the potency, possibilities and tensions of the mentoring relationship from personal perspectives. The concept of mentoring as described in this article uses the model of mentor/mentee relationship as portrayed in Homer's epic narrative the Odyssey. In the examination of the experience of the mentoring process, as it was interpreted and implemented by Genie Gabel-Dunk and Anna Craft, significant elements emerge as tools for professional development: Being a Teacher to a Teacher; Being a Role Model; Being a Counsellor; Being a Facilitator; Being a Supportive Protector; and Being a Guide. The concept of mentorship is critical to quality education in that it fosters the creativity, professional development and growth of individuals and is a facilitator in the passing on of skills and professional standards. The authors believe that if as educators we value individuality, then we must work diligently to preserve the concept and practice of mentorship within the current context of the economic rationalisation of teaching resources.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom