ERIC Number: EJ824150
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Mentoring in Black and White: The Intricacies of Cross-Cultural Mentoring
Johnson-Bailey, Juanita; Cervero, Ronald M.
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v12 n1 p7-21 Apr 2004
Cross-cultural mentoring relationships can be sites of struggle around the issues of race, class and gender. In addition, the mentor/protege relationship offers micro-cosmic insight into power relations within western society. The authors of this paper, a black woman associate professor and a white male professor, use the example of their mentoring relationship to illustrate six common issues facing academicians involved in these relationships: (1) trust between mentor and protege; (2) acknowledged and unacknowledged racism; (3) visibility and risks pertinent to minority faculty; (4) power and paternalism; (5) benefits to mentor and protege; and (6) the double-edged sword of "otherness" in the academy. Literature is used for review and critique of mentoring in the academy while offering personal examples to illustrate the complexity and success of a 13-year mentoring relationship between a duo who began their association as teacher/student.
Descriptors: Mentors, Cross Cultural Studies, Supervisor Supervisee Relationship, Literature Reviews, Teaching Experience, Social Psychology, Personal Narratives, Performance Factors, Supervisory Methods, Coaching (Performance), Racial Attitudes, Racial Relations, Gender Issues, Social Class
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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