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Mentorship as a Tool for Transferring Knowledge and Experience to Novice Research Supervisors
Umeå University, Faculty of Teacher Education, Teacher Education in Swedish and Social Sciences.
2006 (English)In: Nordic Educational Research, ISSN 0901-8050, no 2, 179-191 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Even if supervision is a well-known task in the academic world, discussions on this area are not frequent. As a result novice research supervisors are often left on their own to design their supervision. In a pilot project at Umea University in Sweden, ex-perienced supervisors have been mentors for novice supervisors with the aim to strengthen their professional role. The project ran for one year and it was evaluated at the end by a questionnaire. The result showed that the novice supervisors felt they had received good support and developed professionally. They have also learnt more of the university culture through their mentors. The mentors experienced their knowl-edge and experience was useful for new colleagues. Meanwhile they got inputs for own reflections on supervising through their mentees. Even if it was a small project with few participants the result indicates that mentoring can have importance for transferring knowledge from experienced supervisors to novice super¬visors.

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2006. no 2, 179-191 p.
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Mentoring, professional development, supervision
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-6081OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-6081DiVA: diva2:145749
Available from: 2007-12-06 Created: 2007-12-06 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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