The influence of a peer mentor program for international students on domestic peer mentors and their intercultural development

Alsafar, Teeba (2015) The influence of a peer mentor program for international students on domestic peer mentors and their intercultural development. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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In this study, a mixed method approach was used to examine the experience of 43 domestic peer mentors who participated in a peer mentoring program for international students offered at Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada. The study aimed to answer the following questions: 1) does participating in a mentorship program for international students result in change in the intercultural development for domestic peer mentors as measured by the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)? 2) what were the experiences of domestic peer mentors participating in a peer mentoring program for international students? Following the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (Bennett, 1998) as a guide, this study used the scores from the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) to gain an understanding of the influence of the program. The scores obtained pre and post mentorship experiences were compared and a significant difference was found. Reflections from 120 monthly reports and seven individual semi-structured interviews were also conducted to gain a deeper understanding of the mentorship experience and the influence it had on the mentors’ intercultural development. The benefits of intercultural peer mentoring on student development of skills such as leadership, communication and empathy are also discussed. The study echoes previous research that calls for an increased amount of facilitated intercultural program within university campuses. The study also advocates for further implementation of programs that provide opportunities for intercultural learning between domestic and international students in order for intercultural development to improve in higher educational settings.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 8518
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 102-113).
Keywords: intercultural peer mentoring, domestic student, international student mentorship, intercultural development inventory
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: October 2015
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Mentoring in education--Newfoundland and Labrador; Memorial University of Newfoundland--Foreign students; Students, Foreign--Services for--Newfoundland and Labrador; Multicultural education--Newfoundland and Labrador

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