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Title: Volunteer mentors as informal educators in a youth physical activity program
Authors: Sandford, Rachel A.
Armour, Kathleen
Stanton, Deborah J.
Keywords: Mentoring
Informal education
Physical activity
Youth disaffection
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: © Taylor and Francis
Citation: SANDFORD, R.A., ARMOUR, K. and STANTON, D.A., 2010. Volunteer mentors as informal educators in a youth physical activity program. Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 18 (2), pp. 135 - 153.
Abstract: This discussion reports data from a 4-year longitudinal evaluation of a project from the United Kingdom. The project focused on outdoor activities as a vehicle for enhancing the personal and social development of disaffected youth with the researchers specifically examining the role played by volunteer learning mentors. Following a summary of relevant literature and an overview of the project design and evaluation strategy, data are reported on the impact and effectiveness of these mentors. The findings suggest the potential for mentors to function as informal educators in such youth programs. However, a lack of preparation and the considerable challenges faced in establishing and maintaining mentoring relationships with young people in schools can restrict their impact. It is argued that similar future initiatives would benefit from greater pre-planning and an improved understanding of how mentors and other youth professionals can work with each other. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Mentoring and Tutoring on 26th May 2010, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13611261003678887
Sponsor: This research formed part of a wider evaluation of three HSBC funded physical activity initiatives undertaken by the Institute of Youth Sport at Loughborough University, UK.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/13611261003678887
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19793
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13611261003678887
ISSN: 1361-1267
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