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The mentor in graduate education

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The study examined the presence of mentors in and some of their effects on doctoral student education. It was hypothesised that males would be mentored at a significantly higher rate than females; and that a positive overall evaluation of one's graduate experiences at the doctoral level would be positively related to having a mentor. Data were gathered using a survey questionnaire completed by doctoral students. No evidence was found that males are more likely to be mentored than females. It is clear that doctoral students who had experienced a close working relationship with a faculty member had a fuller education than their counterparts who had not.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Office of Institutional Research, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Publication date: 1990-01-01

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