Campus Units

Agricultural Education and Studies

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2008

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Agricultural Education

Volume

49

Issue

3

First Page

99

Last Page

108

DOI

10.5032/jae.2008.03099

Abstract

The literature has indicated that faculty and administrators are often uncertain about how to foster effective mentoring relationships with undergraduate students. This study analyzed the mentoring functions of faculty in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University regarding the undergraduate mentoring process. Six mentoring functions (informal contact, role modeling, direct assistance, demonstration, assistance with professional development plans, and observation and feedback) were identified in the literature. A previous questionnaire was used to measure the extent to which faculty practiced each mentoring function. Findings indicated faculty were “often” practicing the mentoring functions. Results indicated consistency in the mentoring process practiced by the faculty in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. This study has implications related to faculty training and development. Because of the impact mentoring has on the psychosocial and career development of undergraduates, it is imperative that faculty address each of the six functions of mentoring.

Comments

This article is from Journal of Agricultural Education 49 (2008): 99, doi:10.5032/jae.2008.03099. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Journal of Agricultural Education

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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