Spectrum Approach to Mentoring

an evidence-based approach to mentoring for academics working in higher education

Marina Harvey, Trudy Ambler*, Jayde Cahir

*Corresponding author for this work

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Anecdotal and empirical evidence indicates that mentoring can be a successful strategy for supporting professional learning, yet limited literature exists on approaches to mentoring designed specifically for academics working in higher education. The aim of this study was to create an approach to mentoring tailored to the needs of academics and underpinned by evidence from the literature. Participatory action research was chosen as the methodology for the project as this enabled a process of inquiry to be embedded within academic practice. The outcome was the development of the Spectrum Approach to Mentoring (SAM). This three-step approach is goal orientated, and encompasses mentoring relationships that may be ongoing and sustained over time through to those that are short-term and aligned with a particular task or focus. SAM provides a suite of resources that can be used by academics to promote valuable opportunities for professional learning through the initiation of mentoring relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-174
Number of pages15
JournalTeacher Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • academics
  • higher education
  • learning
  • mentoring
  • teaching

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