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Transition to Success by Christine L. Allegretti, Melinda S. Harper

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CHAPTER 1

Students as Peer Leaders

The concept of mentoring, or the relationship between peers in supportive roles, can be traced back to the first recorded use of the term in The Odyssey (Roberts, 1999). Homer described Odysseus’ old friend, Mentor, who provided guidance to Telemachus while Odysseus was away fighting the Trojan War (Homer, trans. 1996). Mentor was less than successful in his role of overseeing Telemachus and the household that was overrun by suitors for Telemachus’ mother and Odysseus’ wife, Penelope, during Odysseus’ long absence. The goddess Athena frequently disguised herself in the form of Mentor and interceded to guide and protect Telemachus while Odysseus was away at war.

The modern concept of mentor was developed and ...

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