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What is Mentor

Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, Second Edition
Someone who guides another to excel.
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Online Instruction as a Caring Endeavor
Jeanine E. Gangeness (Bemidji State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 4
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-198-8.ch217
Abstract
Online instruction has been approached with caution by nursing. Concerns range from unfamiliarity with online pedagogy to the potential for decreased student connectedness. Being unfamiliar with the online format can be overcome through a series of self-training, taking courses online, and dedication to the process. Student connectedness is basic to nursing and a caring and compassionate profession. It has been argued that an online format will create an atmosphere of disconnectedness and isolation. To combat this disconnectedness and isolation, an atmosphere of caring is required in the online classroom. This article considers the basics of both creating an atmosphere of caring and concepts that support the online pedagogy. Caring is the essence of nursing and should be conveyed in the instruction of nurses. Online instruction can facilitate a caring atmosphere, when done properly, and promote growth for student nurses. Grounding this notion is a brief discussion of various nursing concepts and theories on caring, and how the key elements of some of these theories relate directly to the outcomes of online instruction. In addition to the concept of caring and relating this to online instruction, a connection to the supporting concepts of trust and professional nurse autonomy are intimately connecting to caring and online instruction. This connection illustrates the foundational results of online instruction and how these are indeed the same elements of the concept of caring.
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Usually an experienced professional who gives direction and guidance to interns and new practitioners.
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Mentoring Teams as a Model of Supporting Distance Teaching: The Croatian Example
Someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced person. In teachers' professional development, a supporting and guiding person who helps to raise competencies and trying new educational approaches.
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Tapping Social Capital through E-Mentoring: An Alternative Approach to Women's Career Development
A more experienced individual who provides career development and psycho-social support to a less experienced individual.
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Role of Educational Leaders in Supporting Beginning Teachers in Al Ain Schools in the UAE
A facilitator who usually helps new appointed teachers find their ways in the profession.
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The Social and Emotional Issues of Teacher's Professional Identity Development
A mentor is a tenured teacher who has been partnered with a preservice or novice teacher to help him or her become accustomed to the classroom and the policies of the school where he or she works.
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The Challenges of Mentoring: The Case of a Trauma Emergency Department in a South African State Hospital
Often a senior professional partnered with a junior professional, or one new to the field, and/or institution in order to provide guidance and supervision and thus aid in the development of the junior professional.
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Mentorship of Pre-Health Professional Students
Someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person (Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2021b).
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Concepts, Technology, and Applications in E-Mentoring
Trusted friend, counselor, or teacher. Usually a more experienced person.
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Redefining the Proxemics of the Mentorship
The mentor is not an academic advisor but an intellectual guide, sage, role model, and philosophical interlocutor. She consuls—directly and indirectly—the mentee about academic research, intellectual autonomy vs. the servility of social media, the purpose and methods of critique as a modality of care of the self, and about life beyond the academy and the value of intelligence and eloquence in a world characterized by widespread barbarism and coarse, ungrammatical language. The primary mode of interaction with the mentor is objective, via her lectures and writings, but this objectivity is modulated by the diligent intimacy of attention paid by the mentee to the mentor.
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Teacher Presence
A guiding force, meant to support the needs of an apprentice.
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A trusted counselor or guide (Merriam-Webster, 2020).
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Experienced person who offers a number of supportive and developmental functions such as advice, information and guidance.
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Women in Leadership: Barriers to Upward Social Mobility
A person who has taken on the role of trusted advisor to a younger or more junior role in a professional setting.
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Blended Mentoring: Integrative Approach for Faculty Mentoring
A trusted counselor or guide who, when paired with an individual, offers advice or support, either in an academic setting or the workforce.
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Usability in Mobile Computing and Commerce
A trusted and significant person, usually older with considerably more experience, who works with a mentee to help them learn things more quickly or earlier, or to learn things they otherwise might not have learned.
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Applying Self-Care to Strategically Prevent Burnout in Early Career K-12 Teachers
A master teacher who guides an early career teacher in adapting to the profession and specific school environment or culture during the first years of their career by sharing their own past experiences, providing instructional support and guidance, and opportunities for collaboration.
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Learning to Teach: Cultivating Practice in a Mentor-Candidate Relationship
An experienced teacher acting as a host to a teacher candidate in their classroom, guiding them toward licensure.
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Induction of Teachers in the English Speaking Caribbean
An experienced teacher who is providing support to a mentee in an institutionally recognised program.
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A guide to others; a teacher mentor guides other teachers on effective instructional strategies, curriculum, procedures, practices, and school politics.
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Experienced person who offers a number of supportive and developmental functions such as advice, information and guidance.
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Managing Online Teaching Faculty: A Case Study and Review of Literature on Mentoring of Online Faculty
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Navigating Mentorship, Scholarship, Teaching, and Service: Your First Years in the Academy
An individual who provides assistance to someone who is less knowledgeable or experienced in a field or area of expertise.
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The Role of Teacher Self-Strategies in First Year Teacher Experience and Teacher Socialisation
Usually a more experienced teacher who is paired with a beginning teacher during the induction process.
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Digital Mentoring via Emerging Technologies: A Case Study on Graduate Students
A mentor is someone who has professional and life experience and agrees to help a mentee develop their skills, competencies, or personal and professional goals.
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Second to None: Contingent Women of Color Faculty in the Classroom
Someone who is chosen or assigned to usher another person through different personal or professional experiences.
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Mentoring for Career Advancement: Black Women Faculty at HBCUs
The more experienced person who is giving advisement in a mentoring relationship.
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For-Profit Online Learning: The Student Experience
An individual that coaches a novice researcher through their dissertation. A mentor offers guidance on research procedures and methods, provides feedback on written dissertation chapters, and helps overcome challenges.
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Supporting Adjunct Faculty Through Responsive Professional Development
A mentor is a more experienced practitioner who acts as an advisor and field-specific resource to aid a junior practitioner in their professional development. This role may be formal or informal.
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Path to College Presidency: Being African American and Female
Active and reciprocal relationship between a senior-level administrator and graduate student, faculty, or lower-level administrator, where senior-level administrator provides career role model; career development and advice; sponsorship and visibility; advice for successfully balancing life; family, and work; career guidance and support; strategies for overcoming and surviving barriers (Hill & Wheat, 2017).
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Increasing the Effectiveness of Novice Teachers: Constructing Vicarious and Mastery Experiences Through a Collaborative Support Model
A person with professional and or life experiences who agrees to help a mentee develop skills, competencies, or specific goals.
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Turning Managers into Leaders: The Art of Mentoring
“A mentor is a more experienced individual willing to share knowledge with someone less experienced in a relationship of mutual trust” - David Clutterbuck.
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Catering for Personal Autonomy with E-Mentoring Supported by Recommendations
someone who oversees the career and development of another person through teaching, advising and providing psychological support.
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Projects from the Orange Foundation in Favour of People with Obstacles to Communication
Someone who oversees the career and development of another person through teaching, advising and providing psychological support.
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Telementoring: Mentoring Beyond the Constraints of Time and Space
“Any relationship in which a knowledgeable person aids a less knowledgeable person to perform in a new job or a new community of practitioners” ( O’Neill, 1996 , p. 1).
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Situating Foucault in Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Measures
An experienced and trusted individual who guides a younger person on what is correct and appropriate.
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Role of Mentorship and Reflection in Leading Learning Through Making: A Pilot Project
An individual “who is there to help, support and guide another into a place of greater learning and usefulness” (Nowell, White, Benzies, & Rosenau, 2017, p. 45).
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Western Governors University and Competency-Based Education
The principal faculty role at WGU. Every student has a personal mentor to help design the degree plan and guide the student in completing it. Mentors work with students from admission to graduation as advisors, coaches, tutors, problem solvers, and (often) as goads to help students fulfill their own learning aspirations
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Graduating From the School of Noranology: Are You a Revolutionary or an Oppressor?
A person that serves as a guide and support system to a person moving through the various facets of their career.
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Dropout Prevention: Unpacking the Mentor-Mentee Relationship
Adult working with an identified student for a specified purpose such as persistence in school, character development, or skills building.
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Mutually Beneficial Mentoring for Mental Wellness and Personal Growth
A person with more real-world experience in an area that can offer perspective, stories, and advice.
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Getting Started as a Teacherpreneur
A teacherpreneur who works with other educators to improve both their instructional teaching strategies and classroom behavioral skills. This service can be done either face-to-face or virtually.
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Professional and Career Development of Medical Students
While a mentor can be considered an advisor, this implies an ongoing relationship, often being a role model for the student and providing the student with longitudinal time and support.
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Western Governors University: CBE Innovator and National Model
WGU faculty member with an advanced degree and experience in the field the student is studying. The mentor works with the student wherever he or she is – via email, telephone, online chat, and threaded discussion groups – from enrollment to the completion of the degree.
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The Development of a Master Thesis Mediated Through Technology: Challenges Felt in the Master of Administration Assistance
A person, usually more experienced, who gives another person (usually less experienced) some help and advice, related to work or school, over a period of time.
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E-Mentoring
A person providing knowledge, guidance, and support to a less experienced person.
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Online Mentoring in Education
A person who agrees to help teach and guide another person. A mentor is someone who encourages, shares, interacts, supports, and communicates with a novice about certain matters.
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Mentoring to Become a Self-Directed Learner
A person with high levels of skill and experience in psychosocial support, in careers and/or academics, who wants to develop these skills in other people.
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