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Abstract: Mentoring is recommended as a strategy for addressing the learning and social-emotional needs of gifted and talented students (Ministry of Education, 2000). A mentorship is a purposeful relationship between a gifted and talented student and an experienced, older student or adult who shares similar interests and abilities. This article explains the development, implementation, and evaluation of the mentoring elements of the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre's Talent Development Initiative for secondary students. It details the selection, training, and support provided to mentors. It concludes by exploring the evolution of a symbiotic relationship between mentors and students, as evidenced in evaluation results which show growth and development for both the gifted and talented students and their expert scientists mentors.

To cite this article: Cutler, Steve; Riley, Tracy; MacIntyre, Bill and Bicknell, Brenda. Mentoring: A Symbiosis Putting New Life into Learning [online]. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, Vol. 19, No. 2, Dec 2010: 49-58. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=807050865254776;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1323-9686. [cited 23 Jul 17].

Personal Author: Cutler, Steve; Riley, Tracy; MacIntyre, Bill; Bicknell, Brenda; Source: Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, Vol. 19, No. 2, Dec 2010: 49-58 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1323-9686 Subject: Child development; Mentoring in education; Social skills in children; Mentoring--Evaluation; Gifted children--Education (Secondary); Identifier: New Zealand Marine Studies Centre (NZMSC) (organisation) Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Educational Director, New Zealand Marine Studies Centre, University of Otago, New Zealand
(2) Associate Professor, School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Massey University, New Zealand
(3) Senior Lecturer, Science Education, School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Massey University, New Zealand
(4) Senior Lecturer, Mathematics Education, School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Massey University, New Zealand

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