Mentoring as a tool to engage aboriginal youth in remote Australian communities: a qualitative investigation of community members, mentees, teachers, and mentors’ perspectives

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Peralta, Louisa R., Cinelli, Renata and Bennie, Andrew. (2018) Mentoring as a tool to engage aboriginal youth in remote Australian communities: a qualitative investigation of community members, mentees, teachers, and mentors’ perspectives. Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning. 26(1), pp. 30 - 49. https://doi.org/10.1080/13611267.2018.1445436
AuthorsPeralta, Louisa R., Cinelli, Renata and Bennie, Andrew
Abstract

Sport-based mentoring programs have been used across many contexts to engage young people in education. In this research, we explored the influence that an Aboriginal controlled organisation’s youth mentoring program has on three remote Aboriginal communities in Northern Territory, Australia. We used a composite set of culturally sensitive methods by including artefacts from the community members and mentees, informal interviews with community, and semi-structured conversations with mentors and schoolteachers. The findings demonstrate the positive feelings, many benefits, and relationships that had been established between mentors and mentees, the organisation and community over time. However, participants also suggested that it would be beneficial to engage mentors in activities with students not in the school system, and adults in the broader community. Despite some identified challenges, the mentoring program was perceived to be successful in engaging remote Aboriginal children in school and developing future career aspirations.

Year2018
JournalMentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning
Journal citation26 (1), pp. 30 - 49
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN1361-1267
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13611267.2018.1445436
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85042937283
Page range30 - 49
Research GroupSchool of Education
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
EditorsB. J. Irby
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