Title: Mentoring needs: the staff experiences of a peer-group mentoring programme in a tertiary education environment

Authors: Glennis Goodwill

Addresses: Manukau Institute of Technology, Private Bag 94 006, Manukau 2241, Auckland, New Zealand

Abstract: This paper explores the mentoring needs of staff in a formal peer-group mentoring programme in a tertiary education institution in New Zealand. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with one academic staff member and three administrative staff members after a year of participation in their peer-groups. The mentoring need categories of |professional development| and |coaching on work issues| were clearly defined and met for three of the respondents in each category. However, the remaining need categories had mixed results. Closer matching to job roles and a commitment to regular meetings were found to be critical factors in helping to meet mentoring needs.

Keywords: mentoring needs; peer-group mentoring; professional development; coaching; tertiary education; New Zealand.

DOI: 10.1504/WREMSD.2009.023763

World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, 2009 Vol.5 No.2, pp.206 - 220

Published online: 10 Mar 2009 *

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