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Volume X, Article 3, July 2018

Patterns in Mentoring Conversations Related To Learning

This study on mentoring is an explorative inquiry into the role of conversations as a vehicle for learning for mentees. An analysis of mentoring conversations aimed for learning uses a framework to detect patterns in interaction as a means to promote learning in order to explore how a ‘good’ i.e., interactive mentor, may enhance the professional potential of mentoring conversations. Investigating dyads of 16 mentoring conversations revealed, however, that reflective patterns dominated the conversation while more learning oriented patterns were less often found. This highlights that a mentoring conversation does not primarily aim for learning but serves manifold purposes at a time. Acknowledging this might help in (re) directing a conversation.

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