Helping Novices Develop in the Humanities via Adaptive Mentorship©

By Edwin G. Ralph and Keith Walker.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Evidence from recent cross-disciplinary research has confirmed that (a) the process of mentorship is crucial to the learning and development of prospective practitioners in all fields across the humanities, social and physical sciences, and the professions; and (b) the effectiveness of mentorship practice may be hampered by difficulties that arise within mentor/protégé interrelationships and interactions.

As a result of these findings, the presenter has co-developed, researched, and refined a mentoring model called “Adaptive Mentorship”© (AM), which can be applied by persons in mentorship positions in any educational/training program across the disciplines. The purpose of this workshop is to acquaint attendees from all the humanities with the AM model in order to enhance the overall effectiveness of their mentoring practice in their respective contexts. Learning to apply AM may also help them to reduce or eliminate interpersonal conflicts that inevitably arise within mentor/protégé relationships.

Learning Objectives:

Workshop attendees will: (a) understand the AM model, its rationale, and research results; (b) practice applying it; and (c) decide whether or not to accept the presenter’s invitation to implement the AM model and assess its impact.

Workshop Format:

Participants from all the humanities will be invited to engage in paired-dialogue, whole-group conversation, and experiential learning to examine the AM model and its application. As a result, they will determine if/how they might adopt or adapt the model in their own mentorship practice within their respective disciplines.

Keywords: Interdisciplinarity, Mentorship, Coaching, Supervision, Professional Development

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp.121-132. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 782.850KB).

Dr. Edwin G. Ralph

Professor, Department of Curriculum Studies, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Prof. Edwin Ralph is a Professor in the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. His research and teaching interests lie in two areas: effective teaching and learning across the human lifespan (from early childhood to the adult levels); and the formal and informal mentoring/coaching/supervising process that accompanies personnel engaged in the former. He has published widely on these topics over the past three decades, with numerous books, journal articles, and conference presentations to his credit.

Prof. Keith Walker

Professor Keith Walker, Educational Administration and Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Professor Walker brings over thirty years of experience as a manager, teacher, minister, leader, scholar, and educational administrator in public and social sectors. His formal education has been in the disciplines of physical education, sports administration, theology, education, educational administration, and philosophy. Keith Walker has earned national and international awards for his research work. In addition to his research work with senior educational administrators in K-12 and tertiary education, In recent years, he has worked a great deal in the areas of building the learning community and the institutionalization of change. Dr. Walker has collaborated for a number of years on the topic of mentorship, primarily with Professor Edwin Ralph and also with Dr. Kabini Sanga and several others. Professor Walker is currently working on a number of manuscripts dealing with subjects such as leadership perspectives on hope, building trust, board governance, strategic leadership for sustainable development, cause-based leadership, building appreciative schools and diligent leadership.


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