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ERIC Number: EJ824159
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1361-1267
What a Difference Mentoring Makes: Service Learning and Engagement for College Students
Schmidt, Michelle E.; Marks, Jaime L.; Derrico, Lindsay
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v12 n2 p205-217 2004
Colleges are increasingly interested in ways to better engage students in their academic careers. This article reports 20 college students' experiences as mentors for at-risk fourth-graders through a mentoring program called The Learning Connection (TLC), run by the Community Services Office at Moravian College. The study describes students' voluntary participation in service learning activities as a source of student engagement, the characteristics of the TLC mentoring program, the process by which student mentors reported their experiences over the course of the academic year, and the benefits of the mentoring program through the eyes of the college student mentors. At the beginning of the mentoring experience, mentors reported that the primary reasons for mentoring were to make a difference in a child's life and supplement classroom learning. At the end of the academic year, mentors reported that mentoring taught them important lessons about children, themselves, community work and the value of mentoring. Mentor feedback supports mentoring, specifically, and service learning, generally, as a source of student engagement for college students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 4; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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