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ERIC Number: EJ867322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1595
Peer Mentoring and Action Learning
O'Neil, Judy; Marsick, Victoria J.
Adult Learning, v20 n1-2 p19-24 Win-Spr 2009
Mentoring has been defined in many different ways. Traditionally, mentoring is seen as a relationship between an older, more experienced mentor and a younger, less experienced protege for the purpose of helping and developing the protege's career. Zachary's (2005) description best fits the process discussed in this article: "Mentoring is best described as a reciprocal and collaborative learning relationship between two (or more) individuals who share mutual responsibility and accountability for helping a mentee work toward achievement of clear and mutually defined learning goals." Zachary's emphasis here on learning, and later references in her work to mentoring being a self-directed learning relationship and the need for skillful coaching in the relationship, all have strong tie-ins to the concepts of Action Learning (AL) and Action Learning Conversations (ALC). In this article, the authors describe what AL and ALCs are to show how the role and actions taken speak to peer mentoring. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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