'You know what, this is kind of helping me': Students' experiences of a Hong Kong school-based mentoring programme

Mark Gregory HARRISON, Bonnie LUK, Lianne LIM

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Abstract

Ten semi-structured interviews were conducted with ethnically Chinese adolescents enrolled into a school-based mentoring programme at a private secondary school in Hong Kong. Interview data were analysed thematically and two themes developed: 'experiencing mentoring' and 'experiencing the mentor'. The mentees, although initially sceptical about mentoring, were surprised by its helpfulness. Through the development of an informal and collaborative relationship in which students experienced their mentor as a trustworthy, mature and objective adult, students found an important source of emotional support and practical help which benefited their academic work. Students' experience was influenced by their mentors' role in the school, length of service and gender match. School-based mentoring programmes in a Hong Kong context have the potential to offer emotional and academic support to students. Cultural factors may have an impact on the experience of mentoring which schools should take into account when setting up such programmes. Copyright © 2018 De La Salle University.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-157
JournalThe Asia-Pacific Education Researcher
Volume28
Issue number2
Early online dateOct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

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Harrison, M. G., Luk, B., & Lim, L. (2019). 'You know what, this is kind of helping me': Students' experiences of a Hong Kong school-based mentoring programme. The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 28(2), 149-157. doi: 10.1007/s40299-018-0421-2

Keywords

  • School-based mentoring
  • Qualitative
  • Thematic analysis
  • Hong Kong
  • PG student publication