Date of Defense

4-19-2017

Date of Graduation

4-2017

Department

Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Ben Atchison

Second Advisor

Michelle Suarez

Abstract

This study analyzes student perspectives of and experiences with mentoring relationships during didactic undergraduate coursework in the 4+1 Occupational Therapy Program at Western Michigan University. It follows a qualitative semi-structured phenomenological interview methodology. Four participants answered several questions and the analysts constructed and extracted several common themes; 1) mentoring is a respectful and reciprocal relationship, 2) there are different styles and approaches based on a range of factors, 3) mentorship allows a mentee to reflect, define themselves, and pay it forward in their futures, and 4) there are a variety of notable characteristics underlying strong relationships. This information has the potential to inform future approaches to mentorship within this and other undergraduate programs, as well as forms a catalyst for continued research and comparison across disciplines.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Restricted

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