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Building a connected community of learners : the postgraduate peer mentor program

Baron, Rachael and Carr, Rodney 2008, Building a connected community of learners : the postgraduate peer mentor program, in ISANA International Education Association : 19th International Conference, ISANA International Education Association Inc., The Gap, Qld..

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Title Building a connected community of learners : the postgraduate peer mentor program
Author(s) Baron, Rachael
Carr, Rodney
Conference name ISANA International Conference (19th : 2008 : The Gap, Qld.)
Conference location Skycity Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
Conference dates 2-5 December 2008
Title of proceedings ISANA International Education Association : 19th International Conference
Editor(s) McGrath, Terry
Publication date 2008
Series PANDORA electronic collection
Conference series ISANA International Education Conference
Total pages 8 p.
Publisher ISANA International Education Association Inc.
Place of publication The Gap, Qld.
Keyword(s) mentoring
peer mentoring
culture
international student
Summary Student peer mentor programs are recognised as a valid component of a multi-faceted strategy to improve student engagement within higher education. This paper reports some preliminary results from research investigating how such programs help support diverse student needs in a multicultural environment. Our results are from a study of a pilot postgraduate student peer mentoring program set up to support new students in the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University, Australia. The postgraduate student body at Deakin is quite diverse and includes a large proportion of international students. We present examples to show how a peer mentoring program can improve the social engagement of students, help overcome cross-cultural communication barriers and contribute to the development of academic skills.
ISBN 9780975718087
Language eng
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930502
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, ISANA International Education Association Inc. Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018245

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