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ERIC Number: EJ851528
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1011-3487
Pursuing a Constructivist Approach to Mentoring in the Higher Education Sector
Greyling, W. J.; du Toit, P. H.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v22 n5 p957-980 2008
In this article we argue that Kelly's construct psychology (Kelly 1955; 1966/2003) provides a useful framework for mentoring in the Higher Education sector in South Africa. Kelly's notion of constructive alternativism prompts practitioners to adopt a questioning attitude to life in HE; newly appointed academic staff members and their mentors have to be open to new experiences and new constructions of meaning, engaging in a reciprocal relationship typically prompting participants consciously to pursue critical reflection, innovation and transformative learning. We recorded and analysed discursive exchanges ([plus or minus] 130 pages of transcriptions) from two mentor-mentee relationships at the primary author's institution. We used Kelly's theory to identify and interrogate a range of work-related constructs. In addition, we applied Hardy, Palmer and Phillips's discourse-based management model to monitor the outputs of our mentoring. We used Herrmann's principles of learning style flexibility as an additional awareness-raising tool to promote a holistic approach to the scholarship of mentoring (Herrmann 1996). We conclude the article with suggestions for mentoring in the HE sector. (Contains 11 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa