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A mixed method mentorship audit: assessing the culture that impacts teaching and learning in a polytechnic

  • Hubbard Murdoch, Natasha1
  • Ens, Eliisha1
  • Gustafson, Barbara1
  • Chambers-Richards, Tamara2
  • 1 Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatoon, Canada , Saskatoon (Canada)
  • 2 College of New Caledonia, Prince George, Canada , Prince George (Canada)
Published Article
Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training
Springer International Publishing
Publication Date
Jun 07, 2021
DOI: 10.1186/s40461-021-00119-x
Springer Nature


The benefits of mentorship to individuals in post-secondary relate to wellbeing, satisfaction, and perceived success which translates to organizational commitment. Mentorship improves skills in academic roles and leadership, yet a disconnect remains on what mentees and mentors expect and what institutions provide. Supports are required for mentorship to be effective in empowering employees and creating a culture that espouses competence and autonomy through collaboration and creativity. The aim of this research was to replicate and advance an earlier study assessing nursing and health sciences in a polytechnic to describe the perceived mentorship culture for faculty, professional services, and leadership, across a provincial organization. This was accomplished through a sequential descriptive mixed methods study assessing the building blocks and hallmarks of a Mentorship Culture Audit. This paper reports on both the comparative assessment from 2013 and this new quantitative survey, along with a qualitative component enhancing the understanding of the mentorship culture within a polytechnic providing a variety of programming for vocational students. The audit revealed the employee perception of a mentorship culture to a mean of 4.52 on a seven-point Likert scale and noted areas of strength or infrastructure to be developed. Qualitative data portrayed further understanding where hallmarks of mentorship promoted or were lacking for informal or formal structures. Organizations benefit from mentorship. Tailoring mentorship to a framework ensures mentorship is anchored for success. This study is unique in its replication, the mixed methods approach, and its originality as an organizational level mentorship assessment.

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