The Classical Understanding Of Learning

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Introduction The classical understanding of learning requires an instructor and students brought together in a classroom setting. For Western Civilization, learning is achieved through the dissemination of facts and information. Yet, in many cultures the idea of learning actually takes place within the context of a relationship between a person who displays superior knowledge of a subject and the person in need of that knowledge. In times past, the relationship would be described as an apprenticeship. Thus, learning took place through developmental relationships. Therefore, mentoring pursues to recapture the power of imparting knowledge to another person through an intimate relationship that benefits the mentor, mentee, and the organization. Mentoring The primary basis of mentoring is centered around the relationship between the mentor and mentoree. Paul Stanley and Robert Clinton (1992) argue, “Mentoring is a relational process between mentor, who knows or has experienced something and transfers that something to a mentoree, at an appropriate time and manner, so that it facilitates development or empowerment” (p. 40). The basis of Stanley and Clinton’s argument is that the purpose of the mentor relationship is to impart certain knowledge and information to the mentee. In fact, mentoring is more than disseminating information from one person to another. Moreover, it focuses on the advancement of the mentee in his or her personal life and career. In addition, Tim
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