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ERIC Number: EJ896054
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1533-8916
Youth Mentoring with a Balanced Focus, Shared Purpose, and Collaborative Interactions
Karcher, Michael J.; Nakkula, Michael J.
New Directions for Youth Development, n126 p13-32 Sum 2010
This opening article defines the ways in which three mentoring interaction elements--focus, purpose, and authorship--distinguish between effective and ineffective mentoring relationship styles. The framework described can help mentors better understand the difference between prescriptive and instrumental styles and differentiate laissez-faire from developmental mentoring. It also reveals unique ways for program staff to develop training materials and for researchers to better study mentoring activities. The authors suggest that being able to articulate the importance of focus, purpose, and authorship is critical for shaping program practices, designing relevant research, and guiding program evaluations. (Contains 3 exhibits, 1 table, and 33 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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