The road to Ithaca: a mentee’s and mentor’s journey

Gabel-Dunk, Genie and Craft, Anna (2004). The road to Ithaca: a mentee’s and mentor’s journey. Teacher Development, 8(2) pp. 277–296.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13664530400200234

Abstract

In this article a teacher/researcher and an academic mentor explore the potency, possibilities and tensions of the mentoring relationship from personal perspectives. The concept of mentoring as described in this article uses the model of mentor/mentee relationship as portrayed in Homer's epic narrative the Odyssey. In the examination of the experience of the mentoring process, as it was interpreted and implemented by Genie Gabel-Dunk and Anna Craft, significant elements emerge as tools for professional development: Being a Teacher to a Teacher; Being a Role Model; Being a Counsellor; Being a Facilitator; Being a Supportive Protector; and Being a Guide. The concept of mentorship is critical to quality education in that it fosters the creativity, professional development and growth of individuals and is a facilitator in the passing on of skills and professional standards. The authors believe that if as educators we value individuality, then we must work diligently to preserve the concept and practice of mentorship within the current context of the economic rationalisation of teaching resources.

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