Peer mentoring in higher education:a multidimensional approach to conceptualising the role of peer mentoring programmes in enhancing the first year undergraduate experience


Across the literature researchers agree that the concept of mentoring results in positive outcomes for both mentors and mentees alike (Enrich et al, 2004). From a pedagogical perspective, student focused mentoring activities in Higher Education are generally perceived to comprise dyadic or triadic relationships that encapsulate a diverse range of learning strategies and/or support mechanisms. Whilst there exists a significant amount of literature regarding the wider value of Peer Mentoring in Higher Education, there remains a notable gap in knowledge about the value of such programmes in enhancing the first year undergraduate experience and thus promoting a smooth transition to University. Using the emergent study findings of a large international project, a multidimensional conceptual framework bringing together the theoretical, conceptual and contextual determinants of Peer Mentoring is proposed. This framework makes a distinctive contribution to current pedagogical theory and practice – particularly in relation to the first year experience.

Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Engineering Systems & Management
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Engineering Education
Event Title: Society for Research in Higher Education Annual Conference
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2009-12-10 - 2009-12-12
Full Text Link: http://www.srhe ... tracts/0016.pdf
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PURE Output Type: Paper
Published Date: 2009-12
Authors: Andrews, Jane ( 0000-0003-0984-6267)
Clark, Robin

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