n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Mentoring and diversity : chapter 3

Special issue 1
  • ISSN : 1117-1421



Mentorship has been defined (Bozeman & Feeney, 2007) as a process for the informal transmission of knowledge, social capital and the psychosocial support perceived by the recipient as relevant to work, career, or professional development which entails informal communication, usually face-to-face and during a sustained period of time, between a person who is perceived to have greater relevant knowledge, wisdom or experience (the mentor) and a person who is perceived to have less (the protégé).

The definition above assumes mentoring as a process involving time, a helping process, personal developmental relationship between an expert and a novice, an apprentice or a protégé which in formal sense referred to as a 'Mentee'. The mentor is expected to mediate an expert knowledge for the novice, help develop the mentees' full potential in a work or school/academic/training setting.

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