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An Evaluation of a University Peer-Mentoring Training Programme

JL Terrion, R Philion, D Leonard International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring 2007

This study of a university peer-mentoring training programme evaluated mentor reaction, learning, transfer of learning and impact on organizational goals. Using quantitative and qualitative measures, the study found that the mentors reacted positively to the training, that training enabled mentors to develop and reinforce skills and encourage them to establish and maintain networks, or social capital, throughout the university. Peer-mentors reported transferring skills and identified effects beyond mentoring. The study affords insights into the training requirements and learning experience of peer-mentors and shows that mentor training is indispensable in providing tools and techniques and an opportunity to reflect on practice, and in facilitating the feedback necessary to continuous improvement in the mentoring capacity.

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