The Magic of Mentoring: Developing Others and Yourself (Hardback)Carol Thompson (author)
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The Magic of Mentoring offers an introduction to the theory and practice of successful mentoring together with a unique focus on how mentors can reflect on the skills they bring to the role, and those they still need to develop. Through the use of scenarios, reflections and stories, the reader is encouraged to apply the content to a real context, demonstrating the importance of reflection for both parties and the benefits derived from this, especially those related to understanding ourselves and others.
Written by Carol Thompson, who has worked with a range of trainee teachers and mentors, this book draws from the author's own experience to explore the importance of self-development, and the ways in which this can be enhanced through practice. Reviewing key themes in relation to mentoring, including models and current practice, it considers the creation of a nurturing environment through effective communication as well as acknowledging the need to generate the right challenge for mentees. All aspects of mentoring are outlined, emphasising how personal development can improve the experience of your mentees, build your own confidence, enhance your transferable skills and advance your own professional practice and relationships. Engaging activities are provided for mentors to undertake to support their own professional development.
The Magic of Mentoring is an ideal guide for all those studying coaching or mentoring on a formal programme or for anyone who mentors others in formal or informal settings. The structure of 15 concise chapters lends itself to referencing back and targeted reading for specific guidance.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 203 x 140 mm
"This book is an expertly written, imaginative, comprehensive and original book about mentoring in all its guises. The approach and tone of the book is authoritative but accessible, and it is packed with helpful ideas, thinking, research, reflections and activities which anyone in a position of helping another person learn through mentoring will find essential. If you just buy one book about mentoring, this should be it." - Dr. Jim Crawley, Senior Lecturer in Education Studies, Institute for Education, Bath Spa University.
"The Magic of Mentoring is an excellent guide and authoritative reference for students and practitioners alike. Thoroughly researched, it leaves no stone unturned in the world of coaching and mentoring. Numerous case studies, examples, exercises and stories make a vast array of models and approaches live, enabling the reader to relate to their own needs, situations and levels of experience. Lucid articulations of complex ideas are helpfully woven together in themes, forging insightful connections between the models and practices explained. An enjoyable and engaging read, The Magic of Mentoring fills a gap in the available literature and is no doubt destined to become a go-to reference for both budding and experienced mentors and coaches." - Darren Bourne, Director of Education, Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Nottingham Trent University.
"This very accessible practical book will be a key text for any educator interested in the role of a mentor. The model of mentoring as a democratic process that it explores is a highly principled approach that enables mutual learning and growth of both mentor and mentee with the potential to transform educational establishments into institutions permeated by growth and learning at every level." - Janice Wearmouth, Professor of Education, University of Bedfordshire.
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