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ERIC Number: EJ949429
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1361-1267
To Me It's like Having a Kid, Kind of: Analysis of Student Reflections in a Developmental Mentoring Program
Fair, Cynthia D.; Decker, Anna K.; Hopkins, Kathryn E.
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v19 n3 p301-317 2011
This qualitative longitudinal study focuses on analyses of journals written by 31 sixth grade students who participated in the Chapel Buddy program. The Chapel Buddy program is a developmental mentoring program that pairs sixth graders with kindergarten students. Mentors responded to guided writing prompts three times during the course of the year. Prompts were designed to encourage mentors to explore their role as mentors and their understanding of the mentor-mentee relationship. Results indicated that the program presented a rich, experiential learning opportunity for the sixth graders to develop a relationship with a younger child, to reflect on what it means to be in a helping relationship, and to examine their experiences as "big kids." Sixth graders varied in their ability to successfully engage and manage their kindergarten mentees, which in turn meaningfully affected the mentors' satisfaction. Strategies to maximize the educational value of developmental mentoring programs with younger mentors are discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6; Kindergarten; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A