Guidance and mentoring in professional practices: Defining quality standards

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The implementation of quality professional practices requires, among other factors, well organized processes that minimize the difficulties that students may encounter during their development, as well as facilitate better coordination between the different professionals and institutions involved. The main aim of the study is to find answers and alternatives to the problems of philosophy, organization and follow arising in the implementation of professional practices in university. The methodology undertaken considered the triangulation of the following techniques and tools for collecting data: analysis of documents, 343 questionnaires, 27 interviews and one focus group. The results have allowed us to define indicators and quality standards regarding the internship program, the moments of the program, the players and their development. Furthermore, the delimitation of these indicators and quality standards in practice should not be a casual event but the result of an organized process where should consider the steps of: a) motivation, awareness and justification; b) planning; c) implementation; d) evaluation; and e) institutionalization and diffusion. The best design and development of professional practices is a notorious challenge that Higher Education Institutions must address to achieve quality training and really well connected to the social, labour and professional needs and demands.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-41
JournalRevista Espanola de Orientacion y Psicopedagogia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Apprenticeship
  • Guidance
  • Mentoring
  • Quality of education


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