Mentoring Students & Young People: A Handbook of Effective Practice

Mentoring Students & Young People: A Handbook of Effective Practice

Mentoring Students & Young People: A Handbook of Effective Practice

Mentoring Students & Young People: A Handbook of Effective Practice

Synopsis

Mentoring is used in a wide range of situations in education: to assist learning; to help weaker students or those with specific learning needs or difficulties; to develop community or business links; to aid the inclusion of pupils otherwise at risk of exclusion; to develop ethnic links; to enable students to benefit from the support of their peers.The development and proliferation of mentoring and mentoring schemes in education over the last few years has been dramatic, and presents teachers, principals and superintendants, as well as mentors themselves with a challenge. This book presents all mentors plus anyone working with young people with an invaluable guide to approaches to mentoring today. It looks at mentoring as a concept, at what mentoring is, how it is done well and how it can be made more effective. Contents include: understanding student mentoring; the forms of student mentoring; a guide to effective student mentoring. Written by a leading expert on mentoring, this practical and relevant handbook is backed up throughout by relevant case studies and examples from schools and schemes internationally.

Excerpt

This book represents a culmination of five years' involvement with mentoring beginning in 1997 at the University of Warwick. A qualitative research study into the impact of business mentoring on students' achievement involved interviewing many 15-year-old students and their mentors. This experience, in several schools around the country, confirmed the anecdotal evidence that is often presented at mentoring conferences and events. I was convinced of the power of mentoring to help young people to learn and develop. Since that time I have worked closely with the UK's National Mentoring Network and the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) in the development of student mentoring.

My experience of the mentoring field is that there is a lot of good practice and 'how to' guidance available, especially in the United States and on the World Wide Web. There is also much that can be learned from examining practice in parallel mentoring fields, for example, within the corporate setting, youth justice and education. At the level of individual schools, mentoring practice has developed incrementally, with new programmes being grafted on to the curriculum. The most innovative schools may have peer, business and community, teacher and minority ethnic programmes. A key argument advanced in this book is that these programmes need to be coordinated and managed (see Part IV). Schools, colleges and communities would benefit from the development of a mentoring culture, where individuals, as they pass through their education, training and work careers, experience both being mentored and acting as mentors to others. I believe that this will prove to be an effective way of developing learners, learning organizations and more cohesive communities.

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