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Peer Mentoring in an Accounting Setting: A Case Study of Mentor Skill Development

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Abstract:

This paper provides the background to the adoption of a peer mentoring program including the preparation of mentors and the classroom role of mentors. The paper also includes a discussion of alternative models of peer mentoring and an examination of factors to be considered in adopting mentoring as a teaching and learning resource. Using a case study of third-year undergraduate accounting students who were employed to mentor fellow students in a second-year accounting unit at an Australian university, the paper examines peer mentoring as a classroom resource in the teaching of accounting concepts. The study includes an evaluation of the perceptions of generic skill development by peer mentors illustrating how mentoring can be a reciprocal process, in that the mentor's skills can be enhanced while fulfilling a supporting role to junior students. The programme evaluation also demonstrated that accounting educators could contribute to the development of students' generic skills outside the traditional classroom setting.

Keywords: Peer mentoring; computer-assisted learning; generic skills; teaching resource

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09639280802436756

Affiliations: 1: RMIT University, Australia 2: Deakin University, Australia

Publication date: December 1, 2008

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