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Peer mentoring in higher education and the development of leadership skills in mentors

North-Samardzic, Andrea and Cohen, Michael 2016, Peer mentoring in higher education and the development of leadership skills in mentors. In Wankel, Laura A. and Wankel, Charles (ed), Integrating curricular and co-curricular endeavours to enhance student outcomes, Emerald Group Publishing, Bingley, Eng., pp.273-288.

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Title Peer mentoring in higher education and the development of leadership skills in mentors
Author(s) North-Samardzic, Andrea
Cohen, MichaelORCID iD for Cohen, Michael orcid.org/0000-0002-4175-0583
Title of book Integrating curricular and co-curricular endeavours to enhance student outcomes
Editor(s) Wankel, Laura A.
Wankel, Charles
Publication date 2016
Chapter number 12
Total chapters 17
Start page 273
End page 288
Total pages 17
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of Publication Bingley, Eng.
Keyword(s) implicit leadership theory
mentoring programs
higher education
peer mentoring
Summary Purpose - We examine the question of whether peer-mentoring programs in higher education develop leadership skills in student mentors.

Methodology/approach - The various forms of peer mentoring are discussed, as well as the benefits that these programs can bestow on mentors. We then turn to a discussion of the relationship between peer mentoring and leadership, and place particular emphasis on implicit leadership theories and the research in this area. A case study of a large peer-mentoring program at an Australian university is undertaken and the various aspects of implicit leadership theory are examined in the light of comments collected from both mentees and mentors.

Findings - Evidence of implicit leadership skills of mentors was seen in the responses of mentees. However, the explicit treatment of' leadership skills in the peer-mentoring program needs to be approached in a more deliberate manner if students are to benefit fully from the experience of mentoring.

Originality/value
- While the results of this study were inconclusive, it does provide a basis for further inspection of leadership development within peer- mentoring communities.
ISBN 9781786350640
Language eng
Field of Research 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
Socio Economic Objective 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2016, Emerald Group Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30084326

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Collection: Department of Management
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