June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Minorities in Engineering
24.900.1 - 24.900.7
Mentoring Best Practices Proven to Broaden Participation in STEMMentoring is the pedagogical method defined as a relationship between an individual withpotential and an individual with expertise. Mentoring has proven to be an effective mechanismfor ensuring student success in STEM fields. Select mentoring programs for women, minorities,and underrepresented groups have shown significant gains in increasing the presence of studentsfrom various backgrounds in the STEM fields. Twenty-five recipients of the Presidential Awardfor Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) were chosenas participants in this study due to their successful implementation of various mentoringprograms and practices. Due to the efficacy of their methods, PAESMEM recipients can serve asa national resource for those interested in researching best practices in mentoring.In the following research, PAESMEM recipients were presented with a questionnaire based oninformation related to best practices and prior mentoring experiences. They were asked toindicate on a semantic rating scale (i.e., Well, Very Well, Exceptionally Well, and N/A) thedegree to which they performed each mentoring practice. The results of the survey highlight fivepractices that the majority of PAESMEM recipients identified as having performed, on average,“very well” in their own mentoring programs. Based on the results, we can proposerecommendations for best practices that should be implemented in future mentoring programs tohelp women, minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups to successful navigateSTEM fields under the guidance of a mentor. Moreover, propositions for future research tofurther develop the literature on best practices in mentoring have been suggested.
Crumpton-Young, L. L., & Elde, A. V., & Ambrose, K. (2014, June), Mentoring Practices Proven to Broaden Participation in STEM Disciplines Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22833
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