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Title:The Effect of an Internet-Based Mentoring Program on the Transactional Distance and Interaction Between Mentors and Proteges
Author(s):Lenear, Phoebe Elaine
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Johnson, Scott D.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Technology of
Abstract:Little research has been conducted on electronic mentoring, and more specifically Internet-based mentoring. Several traditional mentoring models exist; however, due to the novelty of the research area, no theoretical e-mentoring models appear in the literature. Using Moore's Theory of Transactional Distance as the theoretical framework, this research compared mentor-protege interaction, transactional distance (feelings of closeness), structure, satisfaction, and support in Internet-based asynchronous and synchronous mentoring settings. Mann-Whitney U-test results indicated that there were no significant differences in these constructs in either e-mentoring environment. This study also tested a Model for e-Mentoring Relationships to determine the interrelationships of interaction, structure, support, satisfaction, and closeness. Pearson product-moment correlation coefficients data revealed that the relationship between closeness and the other constructs was stronger in the synchronous e-mentoring environment and in the Mentor Initiation Model, suggesting that perceptions of closeness may be linked to the synchronous environment and the level of mentor participation.
Issue Date:2006
Description:204 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3223648
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2006

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