Mentoring for protégé character development

Feb. 15, 2008

Source: Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, Volume 16, Issue 1 February 2008, pages 91 - 103

As role models, mentors serve as moral exemplars to their protégés. Yet, since the mentoring literature gives scant attention to the mentor's role in protégé moral education, mentors are largely unwitting participants in this process.

Grounded in research from moral psychology and philosophy, this article provides guidance to mentors who want to be more intentional about the process of protégé character development. Based upon a theoretical analysis, eight propositions are offered regarding ways mentors can help their protégés form character as an integrated system of motivation, emotion, knowledge and cognition through experience, reflection, and inspiration.

Updated: Feb. 12, 2008