Using the notion of ‘gift exchange’ to explore effective mentoring relationships in the placement setting

Dobbins, Kerry and Fell, Patricia Lynne (2019) Using the notion of ‘gift exchange’ to explore effective mentoring relationships in the placement setting. Teaching in Higher Education. pp. 1-16. ISSN 1356-2517

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Abstract

Placement or work-based learning is an integral component of many HE programmes and mentors can play a pivotal role in a student’s learning experience. Studies have explored the characteristics of ‘good’ mentors or mentees, but there is limited research that fully considers the interpersonal dynamics within such relationships. The notion of ‘gift exchange’ and ‘gift giving’ was applied to the analysis of students’ views concerning placement learning in a healthcare setting, exploring particularly issues of power, identity, duty and reciprocity. Findings suggest that both mentor and mentee play an important role in the gift exchange but these roles may be more fluid than previously considered. Students may need to tread a fine line in maintaining a good relationship with their mentor and invest considerable ‘emotional work’. HEIs and placement providers should devote time to allow students to explore the interpersonal dynamics of mentoring relationships to prepare them for such work.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B700 Nursing
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
X300 Academic studies in Education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Education and Social Work
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Patricia Fell
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2019 17:22
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2019 17:22
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7140

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