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Title: Characteristics of effective mentoring in higher education : perspectives of students and mentors
Authors: Leung, Mee Lee.
Award date: 2001
Presented at: University of Leicester
Abstract: This study examined the current practice of a formal mentoring programme at the Hong Kong Baptist University with special emphasis on (a) the mentor and mentees' perspectives on mentoring, (b) the desirable characteristics of mentors, (c) preferences of gender in mentoring and (d) problems in mentoring. Surveys of mentors and mentees were undertaken to provide the basic sources of data. 447 and 79 valid responses were received from mentees and mentors respectively. Ten of the mentors were also interviewed. From the quantitative data collected through the survey, the findings revealed that a large proportion of mentors were male so there was a high incidence of male mentor-female mentee relationships. Apparent discrepancies between mentors and mentees' views were observed in the desirable characteristics of mentors. The analysis of quantitative data yielded a slight significance between gender expectations on the desirable characteristics of mentors, yet the differences among faculties were significant. There was no gender preference in choosing mentors or mentees but, when given an option, faculty and students would choose a mentor or mentee of the same sex. From the qualitative analysis of mentors' interviews, the problems such as lack of time for both mentors and mentees, the lack of training for mentors and the lack of support from senior management for mentoring were identified. Recommendations include suggestions on how to improve the current mentoring programme, development of a model for mentoring and the need for further research in matching mentors and mentees.
Type: Thesis
Level: Doctoral
Qualification: EdD
Rights: Copyright © the author. All rights reserved.
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