Title: Mentoring needs: the staff experiences of a peer-group mentoring programme in a tertiary education environment
Authors: Glennis Goodwill
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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.
World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, 2009 Vol.5 No.2, pp.206 - 220
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