International Education Research

International Education Research

ISSN: 2291-5273 (Print)    ISSN: 2291-5281 (Online)

Volume 1 (2013), No. 4, Pages 1-15

DOI: 10.12735/ier.v1i4p01

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Mentoring and Faculty-Student Interaction in an Online Doctoral Program

Tera D. Simmons1  Linda D. Grooms2 

1Butler County Board of Education, Greenville, AL, USA
2Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, USA


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This study analyzed one overarching research question: What effect does faculty-student interaction have on the relationship between student mentoring and student success in an online doctoral program. Both Cohen’s (1993) Principles of Adult Mentoring Scale and Grooms and Bocarnea’s (2003) Computer-Mediated Interaction Scale were modified and consolidated into one instrument to measure learners’ perceptions of mentoring and faculty-student interaction. Student success was operationalized as grade point average and passing comprehensive examinations on the first attempt, two critical benchmarks of doctoral program completion. While the data from this study did not support that faculty-student interaction moderated the relationship between student mentoring and student success, it did generate a plethora of questions. It also suggested the possibility that the online educational environment transmutes the traditional mentoring functions proposing the probable need for a revised instrument that will adequately measure these variables within the 21st century technologically-rich context.

Keywords: online education, adult learners, doctoral programs, student success, mentoring, interaction, faculty-student interaction

To Cite this Article: Simmons, T. D., & Grooms, L. D. (2013). Mentoring and faculty-student interaction in an online doctoral program. International Education Research, 1(4), 1-15.

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Mentoring and Faculty-Student Interaction in an Online Doctoral Program