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ERIC Number: EJ979285
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
Understanding the Dynamics of Peer Mentor Learning: A Narrative Study
Bunting, Bryce; Dye, Brigham; Pinnegar, Stefinee; Robinson, Kristy
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v24 n1 p61-78 2012
Although there is a growing body of research on the effects of peer mentoring in higher education, the individual learning of mentors themselves is largely unexplored. In this narrative inquiry study, peer mentors working with a first-year learning communities program shared and analyzed stories about their experiences. The resulting narrative data were then analyzed in an inductive-deductive and iterative process. Three themes emerged from this inquiry. First, peer mentors' stories revealed that they learned through observation and self-reflection and that this led to changes in their own practices as students. Second, mentors learned how to facilitate learning among first-year students by building community and attending to interpersonal relationships. Third, as mentors struggled to help their proteges transition into and through their first year, they discovered how personal responsibility and individual choice influence the learning process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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