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A qualitative study of the learning processes and outcomes associated with students who serve as peer mentors


Author(s): Harmon, B. V.

Citation: Harmon, B. V. (2006). A qualitative study of the learning processes and outcomes associated with students who serve as peer mentors. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 18(2), 53-82.

 

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the type of learning students who served as peer mentors experienced during the mentoring process. In this generic qualitative study, peer mentors who worked with undergraduate first-year students in learning communities were interviewed about their perceptions of what they learned from their experiences as well as how that learning impacted their personal and professional development. Interviews with peer mentors revealed that they learn by reflecting on their own personal experiences and integrating learning from those experiences into their mentoring style. Peer mentors internalize learning experiences and immediately apply them to their own personal development while discovering practical career-related applications for how to use what they learn.

 

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