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Title: “The Only Person Who Cares” Misperceptions of Mentoring among Faculty and Students in IT Programs
Authors: Ogan, Chris
Robinson, Jean
Keywords: mentoring
Issue Date: 29-Sep-2007
Abstract: Despite the studies of women that presume a strong positive correlation between mentoring and the recruitment and retention of women in non-traditional fields such as computer science, it is not clear that the mere provision of mentors to students will lead to greater numbers of women graduating in information technology fields. We examined this issue through comparison of students’ and professors’ perspectives on mentoring in five research universities where information technology is taught in several units. We analyzed undergraduate and graduate student experiences in being mentored and faculty’s experiences in networking and mentoring. Students do not perceive that faculty provide the mentoring services faculty say they are providing. Even though mentoring was a significant predictor of undergraduate student satisfaction in the major, the impact was minimal when compared with their sense of belonging in the unit, which was largely dependent on the number of friends they had made in the program. Students in applied IT disciplines reported a higher sense of belonging leading us to believe that such units are somewhat more women friendly.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2378/278
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