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Overview of Mentoring: Exploring Possibilities

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American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting,


This paper outlines a project by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division C to pair graduate students seeking mentors with willing mentors on different campuses. Mentoring has long been shown to provide tremendous benefits to participants, but until recently, it was felt that participants needed to be within the same department or same university. This project is designed to be a virtual mentoring community, with aspects of distance learning and mentoring. Project goals are for pairs to conduct joint research projects, for mentors to support mentees during their studies, and for mentees to ask questions about the professoriate. This project, initiated at the 2000 AERA conference, began with a formal panel discussion involving faculty from universities nationwide who had experience with mentoring. Mentors and mentees were invited to a subsequent luncheon to meet one another and discuss their interests and backgrounds. A committee was established to further develop the project, creating a Web site and a listserv to solicit mentors and mentees interested in working together. At the 2001 AERA convention, mentors and mentees will be brought together at a formal program. Mentor pairs who have been working together or who have developed relationships via the virtual community will share their experiences. (SM)


Portes, P., Longwell-Grice, R. & Chan, P. (2000). Overview of Mentoring: Exploring Possibilities. Presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 2000. Retrieved January 29, 2020 from .

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