ERIC Number: EJ861782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Complexity Thinking Mentorship: An Emergent Pedagogy of Graduate Research Development
Kalin, Nadine M.; Barney, Daniel T.; Irwin, Rita L.
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v17 n4 p353-367 Nov 2009
In this article we articulate a view of mentoring that extends into interactive and relational forms, fostering a redefinition of traditional roles and practices within mentor-protege models. From the perspectives of a senior administrator and two assistant professors, we revisit the mentoring spaces and relations within which we were engaged while working in an approach to arts-based educational research known as a/r/tography during dissertation research projects. From our interconnected experiences, we propose a framing of the intersections between a/r/tographic research and mentorship informed by complexity thinking. We analyzed our work together while deconstructing the ways in which we have supported and unsettled each other. Through narrative inquiry we share reflections from dissertation research experiences, while also describing patterns of an emerging pedagogy of mentoring within higher education that we term complexity thinking mentorship. Borrowing from complexity theory, this conception of mentorship attends to the specific conditions of redundancy, decentralized control and diversity as being facilitative of evolving change and insight within graduate student research development.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Research, Mentors, Educational Research, Doctoral Dissertations, Interpersonal Relationship, Role, Inquiry, Personal Narratives, Research Methodology, Power Structure
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Education Level: Higher Education
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