Enhancing Mentoring in Management via the Adaptive Mentorship© Model

By Edwin G. Ralph and Keith Walker.

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The “Adaptive Mentorship” (AM) model has been developed, researched, and refined by the researchers over the past two decades. Its purpose is to assist mentors, who are in formal mentoring/supervisory/coaching roles within any educational, training, or professional-development environment, to enhance the entire mentorship process. Mentors apply the AM model as they seek to facilitate the professional development of the proteges with whom they work. Previous research findings on the AM model have shown that it: (a) helps mentor/protege pairs clearly conceptualize the entire process; (b) guides mentors in adjusting their leadership responses to match the task-specific developmental levels of their mentees; and (c) assists mentorship pairs to identify and de-fuse potential relationship problems before they escalate. The two educators who developed the AM model have recently received a public-outreach grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to disseminate AM more widely across the professions, occupations, and educational/training/apprenticeship programs, because of its potential benefits for improving mentoring practice. Therefore, the authors extend an invitation to all management educators or practitioners with an interest in mentorship programs to consider joining others in applying and researching the AM model within their respective settings.

Keywords: Mentoring, Coaching, Supervising, Enhancing Management

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 10, Issue 8, pp.35-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 909.003KB).

Dr. Edwin G. Ralph

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

Dr. 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 is used with 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, Educational Administration; , Johnson Shoyama School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Dr. 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. Professor Walker is currently working on a number of manuscripts dealing with subjects such as leadership perspectives on hope, building trust, school board governance, university presidents’ responses to the new economy, adult education policy, building appreciative schools and diligent leadership.


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