Mentoring guidelines

 

There are many definitions of mentoring. In many cases it takes place over the duration of an academic or vocational course and a relationship is formed between the mentor and the mentee. In the case of the CIVET model, mentoring can be offered in the gap between workshops where self directed learning will take place, but it is optional. This is likely to be quite a short time period so mentoring will be quite superficial but can, nonetheless, be very valuable. Below is a list of what we feel mentoring might include in this context. It does not have to include all of these things.

A mentor should be a colleague of the participant with knowledge of their needs and professional context who is prepared to share concerns, experience and skills.

Mentoring might include:

  • Observing practice

  • Analysis and feedback

  • Encouraging self reflection

  • Active listening

  • Shared learning

  • Making suggestions

  • Offering guidance

  • Evaluation with the mentee

  • Providing information

  • Brokering access to language staff, VET staff, experienced colleagues for meetings, observations or shadowing

  • Questioning and allowing mentee to question

  • Giving advice

  • Being a ‘critical friend’

Mentoring should always take place in a confidential, supportive and non-judgemental context.