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ERIC Number: EJ867320
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1595
"But I Thought...." An Examination of Assumptions in the Mentoring Relationship
Searby, Linda
Adult Learning, v20 n1-2 p10-13 Win-Spr 2009
When mentors and mentees enter a mentoring relationship, they bring their assumptions with them. An assumption is a belief one possesses that is thought to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn. It can also be a belief that someone should behave in a particular way. Often unspoken, these assumptions are powerful predictors of success or subtle forces contributing to failure in the mentoring process. Therefore, it is important to examine the role of assumptions in adult learning relationships. Assumptions held by a mentor and mentee are influenced by many factors. Prior life experiences, fears, cultural interpretations, myths, and core values are wrapped up in the personal packages adults bring into the mentoring relationship. In this article, the author explores each of these factors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A