Mentoring and teaching profession in Nigeria

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Oni, A.A.
Akinsanya, P.O.
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Defining mentoring is not as difficult and tasking as some scholars like Newcombe (1988). I'amogb,y I (2013). M Id rez and Bodoczky (1999) would want us to believe. Reflecting on the dcflllllions proffered by these and other scholars. certain strands seem common. For instance. Malderez (1999) defines mcntoring as the support given by one person for the growth and learning of another. as well as for their integration and acceptance by a specific community. Bullough & Draper (2004) conceive mentoring as close. intense. mutually benefiCial relationsh ip between someone who is older. wiser. more experienced and more powerful with someone younger or less experienced. For Coleman & West-Burnham (1996). it is a complex interactive process occurring between individuals of differing levels of experience and expertise which incorporate interpersonal or psychO-social development. career and/or educational development From these definitions and a host of others. certain things are obvious. First. it is clear that mentoring involves a conscIOus relationshIp between two individuals where one is experienced and solidly qualified. while the other is willingly ready to tap from the guidance and repertoire of experience of the former individual. Second. it is a process of profeSSional development which helps in preventing a repetition of earlier made mistakes and wastages of time on already known. The 'new man' simply climbs on the shoulder of the 'old man' without reliVing the errors of the past. while the past achievements invariably become his starting point.
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Mentoring , Profession , Teaching , Learning , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education
Oni, A.A. and Akinsanya, P.O. (2015). Mentoring and teaching profession in Nigeria. Making education work in Africa. 399-404.