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Peer Mentoring in an Accounting Setting: A Case Study of Mentor Skill Development


  • Beverley Jackling
  • Tracey McDowall


This paper provides the background to the adoption of a peer mentoring program including the preparation of mentors and the classroom role of mentors. The paper also includes a discussion of alternative models of peer mentoring and an examination of factors to be considered in adopting mentoring as a teaching and learning resource. Using a case study of third-year undergraduate accounting students who were employed to mentor fellow students in a second-year accounting unit at an Australian university, the paper examines peer mentoring as a classroom resource in the teaching of accounting concepts. The study includes an evaluation of the perceptions of generic skill development by peer mentors illustrating how mentoring can be a reciprocal process, in that the mentor's skills can be enhanced while fulfilling a supporting role to junior students. The programme evaluation also demonstrated that accounting educators could contribute to the development of students' generic skills outside the traditional classroom setting.

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  • Beverley Jackling & Tracey McDowall, 2008. "Peer Mentoring in an Accounting Setting: A Case Study of Mentor Skill Development," Accounting Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(4), pages 447-462.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:accted:v:17:y:2008:i:4:p:447-462
    DOI: 10.1080/09639280802436756

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    1. Duff, Angus & Mladenovic, Rosina, 2015. "Antecedents and consequences of accounting students' approaches to learning: A cluster analytic approach," The British Accounting Review, Elsevier, vol. 47(3), pages 321-338.
    2. Apostolou, Barbara & Hassell, John M. & Rebele, James E. & Watson, Stephanie F., 2010. "Accounting education literature review (2006–2009)," Journal of Accounting Education, Elsevier, vol. 28(3), pages 145-197.


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