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ERIC Number: EJ900766
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1361-1267
Evaluation of a University-Based Mentoring Program: Mentors' Perspectives on a Service-Learning Experience
Hughes, Carolyn; Boyd, Elizabeth; Dykstra, Sara J.
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v18 n4 p361-382 Nov 2010
Researchers in the educational field have investigated how a caring adult can best provide mentoring support to youth placed at risk and what functions a mentoring program should serve to promote healthy mentoring relationships. However, the perspective of mentors rarely has been sought to elicit their evaluation of a mentoring program or recommendations for programmatic change. The purpose of this article was to investigate the views of university students serving as mentors in high-need high schools or community centers. We asked 49 students, primarily undergraduates across a range of liberal arts disciplines, who were participating in a university-based service-learning mentoring program for youth attending high-poverty high schools: (a) what activities they engaged in with mentees, (b) how they benefited from the mentoring program, and (c) how they perceived the program and what recommendations they had for change. Findings revealed specific suggestions that mentoring program coordinators can adopt to address mentors' concerns and promote sustained, durable mentoring relationships for youth. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A