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ERIC Number: EJ897432
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1740-2875
Equity Development Programmes: Does Mentoring Make a Difference in Individual and Social Transformation for South African WonderWomen?
Geber, Hilary
International Journal of Learning and Change, v4 n2 p99-118 2010
The equity and transformation challenge for women and black academics at universities in Post-Apartheid South Africa is enormous. Despite a marked increase in equity development programmes since the 1996 Employment Equity legislation, fewer women than expected have advanced through the academic ranks. An indigenous mentoring model for transformation is suggested for sustainable institutional change. This study investigated the experiences of ten racially diverse women mentored in the "WonderWoman" Project (2002-2006) at University of the Witwatersrand. Several critical issues emerged: firstly, the effects of personal and career development on promotion and publication rates; secondly, the effectiveness of mentoring and coaching received; and thirdly, programme effectiveness for institutional change. Mentoring resulted in positive personal change but little institutional transformation: the programme agenda and the university transformation agenda being insufficiently aligned. White women benefited more from "WonderWoman" than Black women did; the disadvantage of race was not significantly ameliorated by the programme. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa