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M6_2 Learning & Development Mentoring Arrangement

Lesson 2

Discuss -> Manage requirements for a mentoring arrangement conducive to learning and development:

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Define learning:

  • the acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study, or by being taught.
  • knowledge acquired through experience, study, or being taught.

Define development:

  • the process of developing or being developed.
  • the process of starting to experience or suffer from an ailment or feeling.

Discuss the importance of learning and development to a mentee:

  • The environment today is focused on continuous learning - “when we stop learning , we stop leading - Ken Blanchard”
  • It helps them grow on a personal and professional basis
  • It can provide some real life examples of how to address challenges in their personal and professional lives
  • A person who does not leverage a learning and development environment will become stagnant and will become disengaged in the workplace
  • A person can also become disengaged in their personal life

Discuss the importance of learning and development in a mentoring arrangement:

  • the fundamental purpose of mentoring is personal and professional development (Brockbank & McGill, 2006).
  • Several authors have also mentioned its core functions as: (1) learning technical skills and knowledge; (2) learning about the current job; (3) learning about organisational culture; (4) learning organisational policies and (5) preparation for a future job (Caruso, 1992, cited in Brockbank & McGill, 2006).
  • Others, like Johnson and Ridley (2008 Johnson, W. B., & Ridley, C. R.(2008). The elements of mentoring. Revised Edition. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. [Google Scholar]), take a more general view by describing a mentor as a teacher and coach who provides encouragement and support, shapes behaviour using reinforcement, stimulates growth with challenging assignments, narrates growth and development, nurtures creativity and acts as an intentional model.

Explain learning and development approaches appropriate to a mentoring arrangement:

  • encouraging the mentee to value, develop and express him or herself to work towards their goals (Hunter, 2007 Hunter, D. (2007).
  • The use of reflective processes
  • Experiential learning
  • Shared activities, information and encouragement
  • Focus on personal growth
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