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The Handbook of Mentoring at Work: Theory, Research, and Practice brings together the leading scholars in the field in order to craft the definitive reference book on workplace mentoring. This state-of-the-art guide connects existing knowledge to cutting-edge theory, research directions, and practice strategies to generate the “must-have” resource for mentoring theorists, researchers, and practitioners. Editors Belle Rose Ragins and Kathy E. Kram address key debates and issues and provide a theory-driven road map to guide future research and practice in the field of mentoring. Key Features Takes a three-pronged approach: Organized into three parts—Research, Theory, and Practice. Breaks new theoretical ground in a time of change: The theory section extends the theoretical horizon by providing perspectives across related disciplines in order to enrich, enliven, ...

A Constructive-Developmental Approach to Mentoring Relationships
A constructive-developmental approach to mentoring relationships

In this chapter, we explore how a constructive-developmental theoretical lens can enhance our understanding of the potentials, demands, and dynamics of mentoring relationships. Our belief is that best practices in developmental relationships depend upon understanding the meaning-making structures of the individuals involved. To better grasp the needs and expectations of protégés and mentors and understand how to optimize their relationships, we may need to extend our view of mentoring relationships to include an understanding of the deep, pervasive mental structures that shape how we construct our experience.

Our understanding of mentoring is grounded in the notion that it is a reciprocal, developmental relationship (Kram, 1985; Levinson, 1978) that develops between persons relatively more experienced (mentors) ...

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