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

Peter Mtika* (Corresponding Author), Frances Payne

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

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
Title of host publicationAmerican Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 2012
Subtitle of host publication"Non Satis Scire: To Know Is Not Enough"
PublisherAERA
Pages1-15
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2012
EventAmerican Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 2012 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 13 Apr 201317 Apr 2013
https://www.aera.net/Events-Meetings/Annual-Meeting/Previous-Annual-Meetings/2012-Annual-Meeting/Annual-Meeting-2012-Details

Conference

ConferenceAmerican Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 2012
Abbreviated titleAERA 2012
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityVancouver
Period13/04/1317/04/13
Internet address

Keywords

  • Mentoring
  • Further Education/Higher Education
  • secondary students
  • Scotland

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