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Journal of Information Systems Education

Abstract

Elliot Soloway, noted author and teacher, recently observed in a presentation at ACM'97 in San Jose, that human interaction and nurturing are as much a part of the educational process as is the discipline knowledge. He went on to state that no use of technology can replace this human element. Although the classroom is the traditional instructional forum for issues such as professional ethics, responsibility to society, and the need for a life-long learning, a more individualized approach to learning is recognized as providing a higher degree of success. How can educators provide a more individualized approach to learning without sacrificing classroom content? One answer is Mentoring. Several years ago, our university established a mentoring program for certain high-risk students. The School of Computer and Information Science (CIS) embraced the mentoring concept and extended it to involve CIS majors for in-class and out-of-class activities. In this paper we describe the mentoring process as it occurs in our CIS community.

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