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Spectrum Approach to Mentoring: an evidence-based approach to mentoring for academics working in higher education

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Anecdotal and empirical evidence indicates that mentoring can be a successful strategy for supporting professional learning, yet limited literature exists on approaches to mentoring designed specifically for academics working in higher education. The aim of this study was to create an approach to mentoring tailored to the needs of academics and underpinned by evidence from the literature. Participatory action research was chosen as the methodology for the project as this enabled a process of inquiry to be embedded within academic practice. The outcome was the development of the Spectrum Approach to Mentoring (SAM). This three-step approach is goal orientated, and encompasses mentoring relationships that may be ongoing and sustained over time through to those that are short-term and aligned with a particular task or focus. SAM provides a suite of resources that can be used by academics to promote valuable opportunities for professional learning through the initiation of mentoring relationships.
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Keywords: academics; higher education; learning; mentoring; teaching

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Learning and Teaching Unit Chancellery, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, 4001, Australia 2: Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, Building W6A Room 237, North Ryde, Sydney, NSW, 2109, Australia

Publication date: January 1, 2017

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