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The effect of being an assigned Mentor on members of An Garda Síochána who become Tutor Gardaí

Bourke, John (2020) The effect of being an assigned Mentor on members of An Garda Síochána who become Tutor Gardaí. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The topic of Mentoring is one which has garnered much coverage in academic works over the past number of decades since its inception as a management tool in the 1970’s. In this study, the author delves into the workings of a very specific mentoring program, designed specifically for Probationer Gardaí, those members of An Garda Síochána (the police force of the Republic of Ireland) who are in their initial stages of operational policing. The topic was chosen because the author was himself a member of An Garda Síochána for over three decades. Having spent six years as an instructor in the Garda College he saw first-hand how Probationer Gardaí engage with the work. There are ample studies available that examine the benefits of mentoring to the mentee, or to the organisation, but there is little work done on how the mentor is impacted by taking on the role. Specifically, within An Garda Síochána, there is no research available on how the Tutor Garda Program impacts on the Tutor Gardaí themselves. It was with this in mind that the author decided to take on this work through interviewing a number of active Tutor Gardaí, those who are mentoring Probationer Gardaí at the moment or who have in the recent past had such a role. The interviews were semi-structured in nature whit certain areas being investigated but also allowing for the free flow of ideas and reflections of the participants.
The transcripts of the interviews were analysed and show a differing of opinion as to what the role means to the participants, how it affected their professional and private lives, and what they experienced during their time in the role.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Training and Development
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Mr Kevin Loughran
Date Deposited: 25 May 2021 11:13
Last Modified: 25 May 2021 11:13
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4841

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