A qualitative study of the impact of mentoring relationships on the professional development of women in student affairs

dc.contributor.advisorMulvihill, Thalia M., 1963-en_US
dc.contributor.authorFinley, Jennifer Bissellen_US
dc.description.abstractThis qualitative study investigated the role mentoring plays in the professional development of women in student affairs. The goal of this research was not to prove a theory about women's mentoring relationships, but rather to richly describe these relationships in order to understand the impact they have had, and will continue to have on womens' professional lives. The results of this study is significant because it will provide a foundation for understanding the process of women's mentoring relationships in student affairs. The researcher conducted five indepth, open-ended interviews with women in various positions in student affairs in order to gather rich, descriptive data. The researcher selected women with whom she already has at least an acquaintance relationship. These women were from the Mid-West region. Each woman was at a different point in her professional development- graduate student, new professional, midlevel, and senior administrator. Women from both private and public institutions were interviewed. Four themes emerged from the interviews that each of these women discussed. These themes were, there are common characteristics of mentoring relationships; the impact mentoring has on the early development of the professional; the importance of having a female mentor; and the scarcity of female mentors at the top of the ladder.
dc.description.degreeThesis (M.A.)
dc.description.sponsorshipDepartment of Secondary, Higher, and Foundations of Education
dc.format.extentii, 118 leaves ; 28 cm.en_US
dc.identifierLD2489.Z72 1997 .F56en_US
dc.sourceVirtual Pressen_US
dc.subject.lcshWomen in the professions -- Interviews.en_US
dc.subject.lcshWomen college administrators -- Interviews.en_US
dc.subject.lcshMentoring in the professions.en_US
dc.subject.lcshCareer development.en_US
dc.titleA qualitative study of the impact of mentoring relationships on the professional development of women in student affairsen_US
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