Mentoring Relationships: Shedding Light on PhD Student Perspective

  • Celina P. LeãoEmail author
  • Ana C. Ferreira
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 354)


The Mentoring relationship improves the personal and professional growth for the mentee. In Portugal there is an increasing number of students applying for postgraduate training and search for guidance. To verify how this process on advanced studies is conducted and to gather evidence concerning the way in which each student recognize and perceive their own reality, several semi-structured interviews were carried out under the postgraduate engineering programs of a Portuguese university. The focus of these interviews is to identify how students perceive the mentoring process impact in their academic path. Also, one of the objectives is to identify the key-factors that power mentoring relationship. The findings revealed motivation as the most important factor in the mentoring relationship, being gender the least important. Wherever appropriate, students’ perception of the mentoring relationship attained was connected with mentoring literature references.


Higher Education Mentoring Motivation for Learning Reflection University Education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centro ALGORITMI, School of EngineeringUniversity of MinhoGuimarãesPortugal

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