Mentoring as a Strategy for Facilitating Learning: Protégé and Mentor Perspectives

  • Lillian Turner de Tormes EbyEmail author
  • B. Lindsay Brown
  • Kerrin George
Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE)


Mentoring is an important learning experience for adults. The current chapter provides an overview of learning in academic and workplace mentoring, including an original review of published research on the topic. A total of 48 studies were identified that examined learning in mentoring relationships from the perspective of the protégé and/or the mentor. This literature is reviewed and a narrative summary of the findings are provided. Building on this narrative review, and integrating various established theories of learning and development, we then propose an integrative framework which depicts how, why, and under what conditions mentoring relates to learning. We close by offering and agenda for future research on learning in mentoring to guide future scholarship on learning in mentoring relationships.


Mentoring Adult learning Socialization Personal development 


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  • Lillian Turner de Tormes Eby
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  • B. Lindsay Brown
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  • Kerrin George
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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