Mentoring early career researchers within a cross-disciplinary research project

Black, T. (2011) Mentoring early career researchers within a cross-disciplinary research project. In: 2011 Mentoring Conference: Learning Across Disciplines, 26-28 Oct 2011, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America.

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This paper reports on the mentoring of early career researchers at a regional campus of a University in Queensland, Australia. The mentoring process involved mentees actively participating in a community research project. As the participants took on the roles of mentee or mentor dependent upon the research activity at the time, the mentoring process could be deemed as being a mentoring mosaic. Participants who identified themselves as being mentees were interviewed to identify their reasons for participating, the outcomes they experienced and what caused the outcomes to occur. They also completed self assessment scales to identify changes in the levels of their research skills, confidence and attitude towards mentoring others. The results clearly showed that the mentees had very positive outcomes associated with their involvement in the project both in relation to research confidence and capability and also the development of positive working relationships. Mentees reported that the key drivers leading to the identified outcomes as being the structure of the research project, the diverse backgrounds and generosity of the participants as well as the inclusive practices employed.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No evidence of copyright restrictions preventing deposit.No evidence of being refereed.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2012 04:35
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2017 03:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: cross-disciplinary, mentoring, early career researchers
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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