The meaning of the mentee's experiences who participated in the
mentoring program for freshmen of department of early childhood education
The purpose of this study was to find the mentee's experiences and the meaning of mentee's experiences who participated in a mentoring program. The participants were 13 freshmen of early childhood education department in a three-year junior college. The data was collected through journal, open questionnaire, interview from March 21st to September 9th in 2010. The data was analyzed by segmenting, primary coding and depths coding.
At the first session the mentees experienced complicated feelings, expectation of relationships with their mentors and acquired a lot of information from the mentoring program. Through the whole program mentees learned and executed many things: a time management, a good
presentation skill, a reference searching way, preparation for exam, and career management. However, they felt sorry for that there was not informal meeting with their mentors.
They thought the experience lucky, which is very difficult to have. So they want to give the experience back to their mentors and future mentees. They suggested advanced mentoring program based on their experiences as well.
Key Words: early childhood education, freshman, mentoring program, mentee, experience, meaning