The Group as Mentor

Charles Hooker, Jeanne Nakamura and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

in Group Creativity

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195147308
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893720 | DOI:
The Group as Mentor

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Studies suggest that group dynamics and social networks are integral components of optimal mentoring practices. This chapter analyzes the mentoring process in a space science laboratory. Although much of the mentoring in this lab was informal and not very explicit, those who “graduated” from the lab tended to have successful careers because of what they learned in the lab and the social capital (status and power) derived from association with a renowned laboratory. In other words, scientific groups offer not only a direct means for learning and creativity, but they may also indirectly support continued creativity through the connections they provide.

Keywords: mentor; social capital; group dynamics

Chapter.  9518 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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