The role and place of mentorship for young people with blindness and low vision in educational contexts

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Cain, Melissa, Blackstock, Danika Rhiannon, Fanshawe, Melissa, Sukhai, Mahadeo and Latour, Ainsley. (2023). The role and place of mentorship for young people with blindness and low vision in educational contexts. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education. 12(1), pp. 33-46. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMCE-01-2022-0004
AuthorsCain, Melissa, Blackstock, Danika Rhiannon, Fanshawe, Melissa, Sukhai, Mahadeo and Latour, Ainsley
Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this article is to understand the role and value of mentorship for young people with blindness and low vision (BLV) through their education and work journey and to provide a conceptual framework for developing mentoring opportunities for young people with BLV.

Design/methodology/approach
Experiences of formal and informal mentorship were gathered within two distinct groups: adolescents with BLV in Australia and young adults with BLV in Canada. Qualitative data were collected from semi-structured individualized interviews regarding the experiences, understanding, and valuing of mentorship within these groups.

Findings
Results indicate the importance of informal role models and formal mentors within the lives of participants and how these become more refined and specific over time. Australian students valued role models as examples of success and inspiration for their own goals. Canadian mentees desired mentors as examples of personal lived experiences and providers of career-specific advice.

Originality/value
The study is original in its focus on the role of mentors for young people with blindness or low vision.

Keywordsmentor; role model; mentee; blind; low vision
Year2023
JournalInternational Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education
Journal citation12 (1), pp. 33-46
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
ISSN2046-6854
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMCE-01-2022-0004
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85140302174
Page range33-46
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Online20 Oct 2022
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Accepted30 Sep 2022
Deposited11 Jul 2023
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