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Critical Mentoring

A Practical Guide

Torie Weiston-Serdan (author) Bernadette Sanchez (Foreword by)

ISBN: 9781620365519

Publication Date: Feb 2017

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Introduces the concept of critical mentoring, presenting its theoretical and empirical foundations, and providing telling examples of what it looks like in practice, and what it can achieve. Each chapter ends with a set of salient questions to ask and key actions to take. These are meant to move the reader from thought to action and provide a basis for discussion.
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This book introduces the concept of critical mentoring, presenting its theoretical and empirical foundations, and providing telling examples of what it looks like in practice, and what it can achieve.

At this juncture when the demographics of our schools and colleges are rapidly changing, critical mentoring provides mentors with a new and essential transformational practice that challenges deficit-based notions of protégés, questions their forced adaptation to dominant ideology, counters the marginalization and minoritization of young people of color, and endows them with voice, power and choice to achieve in society while validating their culture and values.

Critical mentoring places youth at the center of the process, challenging norms of adult and institutional authority and notions of saviorism to create collaborative partnerships with youth and communities that recognize there are multiple sources of expertise and knowledge.

Torie Weiston-Serdan outlines the underlying foundations of critical race theory, cultural competence and intersectionality, describes how collaborative mentoring works in practice in terms of dispositions and structures, and addresses the implications of rethinking about the purposes and delivery of mentoring services, both for mentors themselves and the organizations for which they work.

Each chapter ends with a set of salient questions to ask and key actions to take. These are meant to move the reader from thought to action and provide a basis for discussion.

This book offers strategies that are immediately applicable and will create a process that is participatory, emancipatory and transformative.

Reviews

"This is a brilliant book. It is also an extremely useful one. Torie Weiston-Serdan has accomplished the great achievement of writing something that is immediately accessible, deeply thoughtful and theoretically-engaged, and of practical use to all those engaged in youth mentoring. It is also beautifully written. 'Critical Mentoring' has the potential to change the paradigms of practice in the field." - Professor Viv Ellis, School of Education, Communication and Society, King's College London 
Pages 136
Dimensions 210 x 140
Date Published 28 Feb 2017
Publisher Stylus Publishing
Subject/s Education   Higher & further education, tertiary education   Teaching skills & techniques  
Acknowledgements
  • Foreword--Bernadette Sanchez
  • Introduction
  • The Act of Clearing the Air and Purifying the Water
  • Youth Centrism
  • Culturally Relevant Mentoring Practices
  • The Intersectionality of Mentoring
  • Collecting Community Centered and Culturally Relevant Data
  • A Collective Call to Action
  • Suggested Readings
  • References
  • Index
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Torie Weiston-Serdan is a scholar and practitioner with over eleven years of teaching and youth programming experience. She received her Ph.D. in Education from the Claremont Graduate University and has dedicated her life and career to teaching and mentoring young people in her community. As a scholar, Torie examines how marginalized and minoritized youth are served by mentoring and youth development programs. She also founded the Youth Mentoring Action Network, a burgeoning non-profit in Southern California.

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