Mentoring: Practices, Potential Challenges and Benefits


Michael F. Shaughnessy (Editor)
Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico, USA

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU043000

This is a robust review of the current state of the art of the age old practice of mentoring. In today’s difficult, stressful world, the younger generation, as well as the older generation, needs help, assistance, support, nurturance, validation, someone to care, and to assist and help others. In fact, almost everyone, in almost every profession can benefit from an older, wiser, more experienced, perhaps insightful person to assist others in a wide variety of realms.

The book covers a range of topics from mentoring graduate students, to mentoring those in post graduate medical education. Often, it is not just the protégé that benefits, but often the mentor who also learns about caring and sharing as well as the therapeutic elements of mentoring. The difference between counseling and mentoring (there is sometimes a fine line) is also reviewed and discussed. Some chapters directly address racial, ethnical and cultural issues as well as complex adaptive mentoring programs. Some of the subtle nuances of mentoring are also explored, including the phases of mentoring, the structuring or lack of structure in a mentor relationship and the benefits and risk of mentoring in cross-cultural supervision.

Mentoring in the realm of pre-service teacher education is also examined as well as the differences between mentoring, coaching and supervision. Tangential concerns such as “mindful mentoring” in healthcare and medicine, and the importance of data gathering and empirical research as well as data interpretation are also addressed. The book contains experts literally from around the world including England, Germany, Australia and Italy, and also from clinical sites as well as medical sites. This text is recommended for those who are involved with people, whether supervising them, assisting them, nurturing them as well as guiding them. In this age of the Internet and Web where we are only connected by text and e-mails, this book serves as a welcome reminder that “It is all about people and relationships.” This book addresses one of the most needed areas of concern: that of people mentoring others, caring for others and helping to support others in various fields of endeavor from kindergarten to medical school, and beyond. (Imprint: Nova)



Table of Contents

Introduction pp.vii-viii

Chapter 1. Mentoring Graduate Students: Why My Mentees Have Taught Me
(Joellen Hawkins, Boston College, MA, USA) pp.1-10

Chapter 2. An In-Depth Examination of the Mentor-Mentee Relationship Quality
(Susan P. Farruggia, Pat Bullen and Lina Pierson, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, USA, and others) pp.11-22

Chapter 3. Complex Adaptive Mentoring Programs: How to Use in Developmental Networks
(Ray K. Haynes, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA) pp.23-38

Chapter 4. A Gift Exchange: Young Men of Color in STEM UR Mentoring
(Joni Schwartz, City University of New York, NY, USA)pp.39-66

Chapter 5. Mentoring in 3D: A Discussion of Structure, Participants and Phases
(Yvonne Wesley, Y. Wesley Consulting LLC, NJ, USA)pp.67-78

Chapter 6. Benefits and Risks of Mentoring in Cross-Cultural Supervision: A Person-Centered Approach to Positive Mentoring
(Lillian C.J. Wong and Paul T.P. Wong, Meaning-Centered Counseling Institute, Toronto, ON, Canada)pp.79-94

Chapter 7. The Role of Mentoring in the Career Development of Women: Challenges and Benefits
(Helen M. Woolnough and Sandra L. Fielden, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, and others)pp.95-106

Chapter 8. Balu Und Du ( “Baloo and You” ) – A Mentoring Program: Conception and Evaluation Results
(Hildegard Müller-Kohlenberg and Sibylle Drexler, Osnabrück University, Germany)pp.107-124
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Chapter 9. Perceptions and Experiences of Peer Mentoring in Pre-Service Teacher Education
(Angelina Ambrosetti, Bruce Allen Knight and John Dekkers, Central Queensland University, Australia)pp.125-144

Chapter 10. Mentoring as Practice, Practices of Mentoring
(Michela Cozza, University of Trento, Italy)pp.145-166

Chapter 11. Reflections on Mentoring, Coaching, and Supervision
(Brian E. Wakeman, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, UK)pp.167-182

Chapter 12. Mindful Mentoring in Health Care through Dyadic Reflection
(Gina Finnerty, Kingston University and St. George’s University of London, UK)pp.183-194

Chapter 13. Scaling Up Data-Based Mentoring in Pre-Kindergarten Classrooms
(Tricia A. Zucker, April Crawford and Susan H. Landry, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX, USA)pp.195-218

Chapter 14. Mentoring in Post-Graduate Medical Education
(Joyce Muhlschlegal, Emma Court, Josephine McEwan and Simon Monkhouse, Gloucester Royal Hospital, UK, and others)pp.219-236

Index pp.237-248

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