Jonathan R. Kroll, School of Human and Organizational Development
Exploring Effective Peer Group Mentoring: A Qualitative Narrative Study of Executive-Level Professional Women is an exploratory research inquiry designed to better understand the ways in which peer group mentoring might be constructed and facilitated for effective practice. Peer group mentoring, a constructivist approach to mentorship, is intentionally designed for inclusivity, the distribution of power, and the flattening of hierarchy. Within this mentoring construct, the group members create learning partnerships with their mentoring collaborators. Learning partnerships are such that (a) each individual validates the others as knowers, valued contributors, and valuable to the mentoring experience; (b) the mentoring experience is situated within the experiences of each participant; and (c) learning and meaning-making is mutually constructed.
In-depth interviews with 12 current peer group mentoring participants encouraged these individuals to share their stories-of-experience. Utilizing thematic analysis, four meta-themes emerged (mentoring participant characteristics, mentoring in practice, mentoring topics, and mentoring customs) from the recorded and transcribed interviews. These meta-themes contain a bevy of factors that facilitate effective peer group mentoring.