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Homer created the original character, Mentor; however, the archetype of Mentor as a benevolent sage has been attributed to French writer and educationalist Francois Fénelon’s 15 th century account of Homer’s classic tale Les Adventures de Télémaque ( Roberts, 1999; Murray, 2001; Tenner, 2004). According to Murray (2001), mentor, first cited as a common noun in 1750, is assumed added to the Oxford English Dictionary as the result of the popularity of Fénelon’s Mentor, whose attributes, functions and behaviors have become synonymous with the modern day usage of the term mentor and the action of mentoring, rather than Homer’s minor character.

Mentoring Contemporary Definition . There are a variety of definitions of mentoring. Zellers et al. 2008) traced the evolution of mentoring programs in the United States in business and academe. They reported that early investigators assigned dimensions to mentoring (Sands et. al, 1991). Some authors divided the role of mentor into four roles of sponsor, coach, role model, and counselor and then attributed the collective function of these roles to mentoring (Clutterbuck&Lane, 2004; Daloz, 1999; Luecke, 2004; Murry, 2001). More than a decade ago, Daloz (1999) defined a mentor’s role as “engineering trust, issuing a challenge, providing encouragement, and offering a vision for the journey” (p. 31). Through their extensive search for a contemporary definition, Zellers et al. (2008) coined the following definition, “…mentoring is a reciprocal learning relationship characterized by trust, respect, and commitment in which a mentor supports the professional and personal development of another by sharing his or her life experiences, influence, and expertise” (p. 555).

A standard definition for a mentor is someone who counsels and teaches, who know things and can be trusted (Byrne-Jiménez, 2009). However, according to Clutterbuck and Lane (2004): “To some extent, definitions do not matter greatly if those in the role of mentor and mentee have a clear and mutual understanding of what is expected of them and what they should in turn expect of their mentoring partner” (p. xvi).

Transitioned Practitioners Sharing Their Experiences. Education administrators who have transitioned to tenure-track assistant professors have shared their experiences in published practitioner journals, books, and conference sessions. Robin Fankhauser (2009), guest columnist for the American Association of School Administrators’ (AASA) journal, The School Administrator, outlined ten painful discoveries he made in his transition from 19 years as a public school leader before beginning his second career as an assistant professor in an education leadership program at a state university. He shared his reflections on ten things about work life in higher education that he learned the “hard way.” They were: (1) you will no longer be the king or queen of everything; (2) your office will be smaller than your college dorm room; (3) nothing happens quickly; (4) no one will remind you of upcoming appointments or help you to prepare for a meeting; (5) you will make more money-per hour; (6) you will do research; (7) your leadership skills will be discovered; (8) you will find out that schools of education are like Rodney Dangerfield ‘they don’t get no respect’; (9) no day on campus will ever be as bad as even a mediocre day during your time in the superintendency; and (10) you really will touch the future. Within ten short statements Fankhauser captured the changes the transitioning assistant professor feels: Changes in position, power, time, duties and responsibilities.

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what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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