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ERIC Number: EJ832734
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 29
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 45
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1534-9322
Mentoring Peer Mentors: Mentor Education and Support in the Composition Program
Reid, E. Shelley
Composition Studies, v36 n2 p51-79 Fall 2008
In this article, the author argues that teaching assistant (TA) peer mentoring programs need more formal support through well-articulated programmatic structures and through multifaceted mentor education that includes time for theorizing, practice, and reflection. In support of that claim, the author draws on mentoring scholarship as well as mentoring experience to describe the resistances and challenges that peer mentors face. The author then describes specific steps that one can take to improve mentor education and support in two ways: indirectly, by clearly articulating a mentoring program's goals and assessing its performance, and directly, by creating opportunities for mentors to investigate mentoring challenges as well as to study and practice specific mentoring strategies. (Contains 1 figure and 10 notes.)
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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