Undergraduate peer mentoring: an investigation into processes, activities and outcomes

Ros Hill, Peter Reddy

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Abstract

Peer mentoring of undergraduates is increasingly being used in higher education to reduce first year attrition by aiding transition to university. The authors propose that peer mentoring may also be a means of transmitting the values and ethics which reflect academic and personal integrity and underpin graduate and professional identity. In a qualitative study, they examined students' expectations and subsequent experience of a psychology undergraduate pilot mentoring scheme, together with the process and content. Mentors and mentees felt that mentors had a unique part to play in aiding transition to university. Mentors' advice reflected implicit academic values rather than strategic short cuts and mentoring cued reflection on their own development. The implications for encouraging student participation in mentoring schemes are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-103
Number of pages6
JournalPsychology Learning and Teaching
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event3rd biennial conference organised by the Higher Education Academy Psychology Network - York, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jun 200629 Jun 2006

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