Enhancing Learning Through Formal Mentoring: Perspectives from the MPharm Department of a British University

Ionescu, Simona (2017) Enhancing Learning Through Formal Mentoring: Perspectives from the MPharm Department of a British University. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)]

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Abstract

This study focuses on mentoring outcomes and on the effective

management of a mentoring programme, at a British university. The

purpose of this study is to explore the extent to which a formal mentoring

programme has enhanced the learning of Year 4 Master of Pharmacy

students. This paper brings together the perspectives of both the mentors

and the mentees, to obtain a comprehensive account on achieved learning

outcomes, and barriers to learning, ultimately leading to a set of tailored

recommendations for changes at managerial level.

In order to explore the above issues, this study takes a pragmatic approach

to research, making use of both qualitative and quantitative tools to collect

empirical evidence. 5 mentors were therefore gathered to a qualitative focus

group, and 53 mentees completed a mixed questionnaire.

This study has found that the mentors’ academic backgrounds, their varying

skill sets, and the programme leaders’ failure to meet the individuals’

training needs, has led to a disproportional enhancement of learning

amongst the mentee groups. It was recommended that the programme

leaders take a number of initiatives to adapt to the needs of those involved.

In this way, this paper will aid the work of practitioners.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: Gigg, Diane
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2018 16:08
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2018 10:04
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/50231

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