Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Ann D. Thompson

Second Advisor

Donna Merkley

Third Advisor

Denise Schmidt

Abstract

Literature on the concept of mentoring in general and technology mentoring specifically indicated that studies have investigated mentoring relationships in different settings and reported benefits for the less experienced mentoring partner. However, existing literature was limited in providing insights about mentoring from the more experienced partner's point of view. But, to establish sustainable and beneficial mentoring relationships, studies suggested that understanding mentor's reactions to the experience is necessary.;For that reason, the main purpose of this study was to examine a faculty technology mentoring program at a Midwestern university from the perspective of graduate students' who served as mentors. Based on the social learning theory framework, data were analyzed within the grounded theory research methodology.;Findings revealed that the mentoring experience was also beneficial to mentors in several ways (technical, pedagogical, academic, and professional). According to results, mentors' benefits were not limited to the observable or to the ones that were more practical in a short time, such as learning new technical skills; instead, benefits extended to the unobservable and occurred over a longer time period (i.e., professional benefits).;In addition to identifying benefits to mentors, several other aspects of mentoring relationships were also investigated: understanding mentors' thoughts about characteristics of successful technology mentoring; issues in mentoring relationships; and whether or not mentors' lived mentoring experiences indicated successful mentoring relationships within their definition of an ideal mentoring relationship.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-17062

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Sonmez Pamuk

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI3296793

OCLC Number

231334602

ISBN

9780549423348

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

210 pages

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