Peer Mentoring in an Accounting Setting: A Case Study of Mentor Skill Development

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Jackling, Beverley and McDowall, Tracey (2008) Peer Mentoring in an Accounting Setting: A Case Study of Mentor Skill Development. Accounting Education, 17 (4). pp. 447-462. ISSN 0963-9284 (print), 1468-4489 (online)


This paper provides the background to the adoption of a peer mentoring program including the preparation of mentors and the classroom role of mentors. The paper also includes a discussion of alternative models of peer mentoring and an examination of factors to be considered in adopting mentoring as a teaching and learning resource. Using a case study of third-year undergraduate accounting students who were employed to mentor fellow students in a second-year accounting unit at an Australian university, the paper examines peer mentoring as a classroom resource in the teaching of accounting concepts. The study includes an evaluation of the perceptions of generic skill development by peer mentors illustrating how mentoring can be a reciprocal process, in that the mentor's skills can be enhanced while fulfilling a supporting role to junior students. The programme evaluation also demonstrated that accounting educators could contribute to the development of students' generic skills outside the traditional classroom setting.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1080/09639280802436756
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Faculty of Business and Law
Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Keywords ResPubID14570, peer mentoring, generic skills, teaching resource, computer-assisted learning
Citations in Scopus 18 - View on Scopus
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