Conclusion: Sustainable Mentoring in Academia for and Beyond the SDGs

Lia Blaj-Ward*, Stuart Perrin

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The closing chapter offers additional reflection on two substantial threads which run throughout the volume. Firstly, quality education (SDG4). Contributors to the volume have articulated with varying degrees of explicitness what quality education means in their specific contexts. Complementary perspective is offered in the closing chapter, through the inclusion of personal interpretations from two students in their last but one year of high school in the United Kingdom. The students are reflecting back on a week of work experience in a university and looking forward to their university journey. Amrita Narang has kindly provided a response to these personal reflections, drawing on her experience of learning and working in various national higher education contexts. Aspects the two students highlight resonate with the ethos of entrepreneurial education. An example of entrepreneurial learning in a collaborative Sino-UK higher education venture is therefore included here, showcasing ways in which students can further grow their strengths, with bespoke entrepreneurial mentoring support.

The mentoring thread running throughout the volume is picked up in the final chapter with specific reference to contracting (a staple element of formal mentoring relationships, achieved in complex and subtle ways in informal ones), closure and co-learning. All chapter contributions focus on long-term, ongoing mentoring relationships, in which closure is temporary and is viewed as a stepping stone for subsequent learning opportunities. To facilitate continued learning in readers, the final section in the chapter invites them to pause and reflect, signposting three sources of insight and wisdom for sustainability-oriented lifelong learning and action.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMentoring Within and Beyond Academia
Subtitle of host publicationAchieving the SDGs
EditorsLia Blaj-Ward
Place of PublicationLeeds
PublisherEmerald Publishing
Chapter10
Pages117-130
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781837975655
ISBN (Print)9781837975662
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2023

Keywords

  • Quality Education
  • Entrepreneurial education
  • Pedagogic innovation
  • Contracting
  • Closure
  • Co-learning

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