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The nature and meaning of mentoring relationships for women in social work academe: A phenomenological investigation. (academic mentoring).

Author: Ivanoff,Carole Fee
Author Background: U Denver, US
Date 2/2000
Type Dissertation
Journal Title: Dissertation-Abstracts-International-Section-A:-Humanities-and-Social-Sciences
Volume/Pages Vol 60(7-A): 2678
Subject Matter Education, Research, Women, Social Work, Practicum, Internship, Mentoring
Abstract Despite numerous studies in various professions, including academe, about the importance of mentoring in furthering one's career, little has been written about mentoring in the field of social work and specifically, in social work academia. Furthermore, despite many gains in rank, status, income, and power, women in social work academe still lack equity in these areas with their male counterparts. The purpose of this study was to explore the mentoring relationships of female social workers in academia and their mentors, from the perspectives of both, with the intent of creating a better understanding of the nature and meaning of mentoring in the lives of social worker educators. This qualitative study utilized a phenomenological design approach, in which eight proteges and their mentors were each interviewed extensively. Separate focus groups, one consisting of proteges and another of mentors, was then conducted about the same topic. The guiding question explored was the nature, texture, subjective experience, and meaning of the mentoring relationship for proteges and mentors, in order to provide the profession a better understanding of this phenomena and make suggestions for its use in improving the professional status of female social work educators. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)