Mentoring is a professional practice that supports the learning and development of groups and individuals working within complex educational environments. The two-way or reciprocal process of mentoring, yields far-reaching benefits for mentees, mentors and the learning community.
Research indicates that mentoring provides both personal and emotional support as well as career development and satisfaction. For mentees benefits include: career advancement, psychosocial support such as encouragement, friendship, and feedback opportunities to develop competencies, skills, and knowledge to improve performance. For mentors, it promotes professional and personal development, improved skills, knowledge and access to new ideas. Mentoring also enhances the development of quality learning and teaching in schools, early learning centres and higher education.
Informal or formal approaches to mentoring occur in many organisations focussed on learning. Mentoring is a way of working collaboratively, embedded informally in daily operations in the support and guidance provided to colleagues. It can also be a formal relationship established in educational settings through developmental mentoring programs that target specific knowledge and skills to transform practices.
ACU has a long history of commitment to truth, academic excellence and service, these values are the principles behind all our actions. Our courses not only prepare students to be knowledgeable and skilful in their discipline area but also to make ethical decisions, demonstrating respect for the individual and responsibility for the common good.