Four approaches to studying mentoring have been outlined by Hawkey* (1997).
1. Level of expertise compared to roles and responsibilities
2. Developmental stages and models to meet each stage
3. Viewing stages of interpersonal relationship versus professional
4. The role of the individual's perspectives, assumptions, values
A complex interplay occurs in relationship building.
Tele-mentoring and online facilitation requires multiple avenues for capturing and sharing ideas.
*Hawkey, K. (1997). Roles, responsibilities, and relationships in mentoring: A literature review and agenda for research. Journal of Teacher Education, 48(5), 325.