Research-Based Preparation of the GTMH

Research

The GTMH project will con­duct stud­ies in two phas­es: (1) before the start of men­tor­ing and (2) dur­ing the men­tor­ing on the GTMH online plat­form.

1. Pre-Men­tor­ing Research (2018 to 2020)

Opti­mal Tal­ent Devel­op­ment in STEM Fields: Stud­ies on experts’ views on dif­fer­ent sup­port mech­a­nisms (men­tor­ing, enrich­ment pro­grams, etc.) for tal­ent devel­op­ment in STEM fields will be con­duct­ed. Experts from dif­fer­ent coun­tries, fields (STEM, tal­ent devel­op­ment, net­work­ing, etc.), and in dif­fer­ent roles (researchers, prac­ti­tion­ers, etc.) will be invit­ed to par­tic­i­pate.

Needs Assess­ment for Best Prac­tice for Men­tor­ing Pro­grams: Poten­tial mentees and men­tors, as well as experts from dif­fer­ent areas (STEM edu­ca­tion, gift­ed­ness, etc.) will be sur­veyed about their needs, require­ments, and ideas con­cern­ing what they think an ide­al men­tor­ing pro­gram would entail. This is essen­tial dur­ing the pre-men­tor­ing phase so that the research team can design and build an opti­mal men­tor­ing pro­gram.

Opti­mal Online Men­tor­ing (Part A): Exist­ing online men­tor­ing pro­grams will be ana­lyzed to deter­mine what aspects (match­ing cri­te­ria, com­mu­ni­ca­tion behav­ior, etc.) are essen­tial for effec­tive online men­tor­ing process­es.

Opti­mal Online Men­tor­ing (Part B): The ways in which men­tor­ing best works on an online plat­form will be stud­ied. Usabil­i­ty stud­ies, research on online plat­forms, and more will be explored.

2. Research dur­ing Men­tor­ing (2020 and beyond)

As soon as men­tor­ing starts, ongo­ing for­ma­tive eval­u­a­tions will be car­ried out to deter­mine the effec­tive­ness of the pro­gram. For­ma­tive eval­u­a­tion results will be used to make con­tin­u­ous improve­ments to the online plat­form.

Lon­gi­tu­di­nal stud­ies will be con­duct­ed com­par­ing the growth of stu­dents in the men­tor­ing group with stu­dents in a wait-list con­trol group (i.e., those who are wait­ing to be assigned a men­tor) at sev­er­al time points.

In addi­tion, fac­tors con­tribut­ing to men­tor­ing suc­cess will be exam­ined, such as com­mu­ni­ca­tion about STEM top­ics, qual­i­ty of mentee–mentor rela­tion­ships, and STEM project involve­ment.