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Mentor Training Program for a Peer-to-Peer Learning Environment: Leadership vs. Curriculum BalanceAbstractIn a computer engineering technology program, mentors are expected to have a high level oftechnical knowledge and skill. However, mentors must also be able to serve as guides and rolemodels for their mentees. A key dynamic in the mentor training process is finding a balancebetween technical knowledge and the intrapersonal skills necessary to create a supportivelearning environment. The College of Technology – Computer Engineering Technology (CoT –CETE) program at the University of XXX has implemented an undergraduate peer mentoringmodel as part of an NSF-sponsored program examining the impact of concept mapping andundergraduate mentors on student learning. The training for this mentoring model has beenadapted from a peer-led team learning program and incorporates concept mapping as a primarypedagogical tool for increasing mentee understanding of key concepts. The paper describes theCoT – CETE undergraduate mentor training process and explores the implementation challenges,learning, and experiences from the first stages of this program.The training has been mapped from Peer-led Team Learning program to concept mappingmentor-mentee relationship. There has been some shift of the leadership roles to combineteaching with mentorship in order to make room for concept maps to play a role.Expected challenges include: social issues among mentees, possible tension between mentorsand mentees. Since a mentor candidate may become a mentor in one’s mind when there is actualfeeling of taking him/her as a role model, the interaction is purely psychological. Hence there isan element of best effort to create this environment. The paper will present challenges andexperiences from the second deployment of this concept.
Attarzadeh, F., & Gurkan, D., & Moges, M. A., & Gallardo, V. J., & Mehrubeoglu, M., & Sameei, M. (2011, June), Mentor Training Program for a Peer-to-Peer Learning Environment: Leadership vs. Curriculum Balance Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18654
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