Illuminating life choices: The role of mentoring for secondary school students

Peter Mtika* (Corresponding Author), Frances Payne

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This paper reports on findings from a mentoring programme for secondary students in one of the 32 local education authorities in Scotland. The programme was aimed at providing students with guidance on careers, school work, knowledge of further education/higher education opportunities and application process; and an increase in confidence in their own abilities. Students, aged between 15-17 years old, were paired with professional adults from various business industries, mainly in the sciences and health sectors. Results show that mentoring had significant benefits for the young people and their mentors. Building effective mentoring relationships depended on dyadic relationship based on personality, clarity of expectations, and appropriateness of spaces for interaction, among other factors.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2012
EventAmerican Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 2012 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 13 Apr 201317 Apr 2013


ConferenceAmerican Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 2012
Abbreviated titleAERA 2012
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  • Mentoring
  • Further Education/Higher Education
  • secondary students
  • Scotland


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