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Two Can Do It: Learning by Mentoring or Being Mentored

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The word mentor originated in Greek mythology. In Homer’s Odyssey, King Odysseus arranges for his trusted friend and advisor to act as guardian for and to nurture and protect his son, Telemachus, while Odysseus is away to fight the Trojan War. The guardian’s name is Mentor. Mentor guides and advises Telemachus on his journey to find out what happened to his father. Today, we understand the word mentor to mean “a trusted counselor or guide” (Merriam-Webster, 2011). There a

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