Creating fertile learning spaces: Mentorship strategies to support academic success

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Research and Development in Higher Education: The Place of Learning and Teaching Vol. 36

July, 2013, 534 pages
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Frielick, S., Buissink-Smith, N., Wyse, P., Billot, J., Hallas, J. and Whitehead, E.
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Mentorship is often cited as one of the most critical factors in setting up an academic for success. However, the underutilisation of mentorship opportunities by early career academics points to a significant gap between good intentions and effective implementation of schemes. This paper briefly describes a range of successful mentorship schemes that have been implemented in the United States and Australia. It then draws on these examples to articulate a set of design principles that can increase the likely success of formal academic mentorship programmes. These principles highlight the criticality of positioning mentorship as a strategic discussion linked to clear and well-formulated career goals. The paper also highlights the need to better evaluate the long-term and direct effects of mentoring experiences.

Keywords: mentorship; academic identity; academic development 

Creating fertile learning spaces: Mentorship strategies to support academic success

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