Mentoring as a support measure for first-year students in the humanities. Its effects on vocational indecision, the transition from secondary school to college and student retention




Beaulieu, Catherine
Henri, Mélissa
Godin, Fanny

Cégep de Saint-Laurent's humanities department introduced a mentorship program to support vocational guidance and promote success, by enabling junior college students to benefit from the experience of past graduates who, throughout their academic progress, crossed this path and overcame not only challenges of integration, success or career choice, but also personal difficulties. As part of a research project funded by the Programme d’aide à la recherche sur l’enseignement et l’apprentissage (PAREA), the researchers assessed the effects of this mentorship program on vocational certainty, college adjustment, motivation and school retention among first-year students in the humanities department. In this article, after presenting the context that led to this new support measure and the mentorship program itself, the authors focus on the results of their research by highlighting those elements that could guide other departments in setting up a similar project.

Article available in French only.

The AQPC acknowledges the financial support, in 2014-2015, of the Government of Canada through Canadian Heritage, Canada Periodical Fund, Business Innovation component.

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