Putting school-based mentors' experience into context : a mixed-methods cross-country comparison

Bufali, Maria Vittoria and Morton, Alec and Connelly, Graham (2023) Putting school-based mentors' experience into context : a mixed-methods cross-country comparison. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education. ISSN 2046-6854 (In Press)

[thumbnail of Bufali-etal-IJMCE-2023-Putting-school-based-mentors-experience-into-context-mixed-methods] Text. Filename: Bufali_etal_IJMCE_2023_Putting_school_based_mentors_experience_into_context_mixed_methods.pdf
Accepted Author Manuscript
Restricted to Repository staff only until 7 November 2023.
License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 logo

Download (437kB) | Request a copy


Purpose – Cross-national research on cultural differences can help understand what drives, in differing contexts, mentors' commitment to school-based mentoring programs. This comparative study aimed to explore whether adult volunteers, from Scotland and Italy, experience being mentors of vulnerable youth differently. Design/methodology/approach – Data from interviews (n = 20) and questionnaires (n = 114) were used to test hypotheses concerning volunteer mentors' perceptions of their role and abilities, as well as motives for participation. According to cross-cultural theories, Scottish mentors should be more likely to identify mentoring with establishing friendly relationships with mentees and promoting youth self-empowerment. They should also be more self-confident and value-driven as volunteers. Findings – Despite the mixed support for the assumptions concerning how the mentor role is conceived, Scottish mentors were less likely than Italians to doubt their abilities and more driven by other-focused and generative concerns. Originality/value – The study reveals significant variations in how volunteers from countries featuring different welfare regimes and cultural orientations experience mentoring. The research advances our understanding of how culturally sensitive approaches can foster mentors' engagement.


Bufali, Maria Vittoria, Morton, Alec ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3803-8517 and Connelly, Graham;