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ERIC Number: EJ912604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0013-175X
A Qualitative Investigation of Mentor Experiences in a Service Learning Course
Banks, Kira Hudson
Educational Horizons, v89 n1 p68-79 Fall 2010
Mentoring is often considered a gift of time and resources that a mentor gives to a mentee. However, research suggests that mentoring has benefits specifically for the mentor. This study analyzes written reflections of twenty-five mentors who took part in a National Science Foundation-funded program that encouraged middle-school girls to engage in math and science. To implement the program, the service learning course utilized college-age mentors enrolled in a 300-level course about middle-school adolescent development. Qualitative analyses revealed several themes from the mentors' experiences: valuing the setting, awareness of culture, negotiating group dynamics, affirmation of abilities, and career guidance. Implications for future research include intentionally measuring perceived mentor benefits as part of program evaluation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Middle Schools; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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