Learning to Mentor
The Mentor Center
Lateral Mentoring Book
Mentoring Knowledge Building
is a book written by 18 members of the Cadre 2. It is posted here
as a .pdf file for you to download.
The following text is taken from the forward by Professor Linda
Every now and again a rare event happens in classrooms, the real
world forces itself in through the door, and if youre clever
enough to embrace it, you can greatly improve upon classroom learning.
This book is one of those rare events.
The book began as a response to a challenge I set for 22 graduate
students in a class
on mentoring and team leadership. I wrote in the syllabus:
Descriptions of mentoring represented in the education literature
are derived from a behavioral or cognitive psychology of the
individual learner, a notion that knowledge resides in the head
and is acquired (cognitive), or that it is a matter of habit
strength attained by reinforced practice (behavioral). As you
know from Ed 633, there are newer views of learning as a social
experience, as enculturation, if you will, and views of knowledge
as distributed among community members and embedded in practice.
There are not mentoring texts, yet, written from acommunity
of practiceP or sociocultural historical perspective.
Well have to figure out the implications of that theory
for our actions as mentors and team leaders in our work settings.
And, well have to write our own text.