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A Study on Reinforcing the Tutor's Ability in Mentoring for the Multicultural Students

  • Journal of Korean Hyo Studies
  • 2016, (23), pp.101-121
  • Publisher : The Korean Hyo Studies Association
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Published : June 30, 2016

방현희 1 Oh, Young Hun 1

1인하대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to examine the role of the tutor in “mentoring for the Multicultural students” who have a multicultural background or are North Korean refugees. Also, it aims to contrive a solution in the reinforcement of the tutor's ability within the mentoring program. Inha University, located in Incheon, utilizes graduate students who major in multicultural education as tutors to perform the mentoring project aimed for students who have a multicultural background or are North Korean refugees. In order to achieve the goal of this study, we set up the following two questions as our research problems: 1) What is the rightful role and capacity of a tutor? and 2) How can the system be improved to reinforce the tutor's capacity? According to the results, the role of the tutor is to vitalized the mentoring relationship between the manager and mentor. The tutor should support the tasks of the manager by confirming and passing on the information necessary for managing the system, keeping track of the mentor's operation performance, and encouraging the mentor's active participation. In short, tutors can provide help in the difficulties that occur to mentors in the process of studying with and giving mental guidance to the mentees and in the relationship between the mentees and their teachers at school. Therefore, the capacities needed for tutors to perform such roles are leadership as a manager, ability as a mentor, the ability to control conflicts, self-efficacy and responsibility. We discovered that tutors were going through diverse difficulties such as lack of perception of their roles as tutors, uncertainty of their capacities, absence of long-term systematic information on the progress of the mentoring project, and problems in the relationship with mentors. As a result, to strengthen the tutor's capabilities, the following actions are necessary: orientation on the tutor's role, recognition of the tutor's role to mentors, arrangement of a manual on the role of the tutor, provision of long-term systematic mentoring information, and the exchange of information through periodic meetings.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.