Campus Units

Agricultural Education and Studies

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2012

Journal or Book Title

NACTA Journal

Volume

56

Issue

1

First Page

35

Last Page

42

Abstract

Literature has documented the underrepresentation of minority students in higher education and the importance of mentoring programs in retaining these students in the academy. This study examines the perceptions of mentoring and actual mentoring experiences of minority students participating in two Summer Research Opportunity Programs (SROPs) at Iowa State University. Seven mentoring functions (Clarity of Project, Challenging Assignment, Training, Contact, Assistance, Feedback and Role Modeling) were identified through the literature as being important in the mentoring relationship. Findings indicated that the students’ mentoring experience was better than expected, but students also noted that mentors should devote more attention to the Clarity of Project, Training, Contact and Role Modeling functions. The findings of this study reinforce the importance of mentoring in SROPs. Implications for practice and recommendations for future research are also discussed.

Comments

This article is from NACTA Journal 56 (2012): 35. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf