ERIC Number: ED426987
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov-1
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Advisor-Advisee Programs in Middle Schools: Community Building in a State of Affective Disorder.
Anfara, Vincent A., Jr.; Brown, Kathleen M.
Researchers used a qualitative case-study methodology to examine the current status, strengths, and shortcomings of advisor-advisee programs in middle schools. Data came from six middle schools in two large metropolitan areas. At each school, researchers interviewed at least three teachers and three students. The teacher interviews focused on involvement in the advisor-advisee program, program organization, positive and negative program aspects, needed changes, feelings about being an advisor, activity selection for the program, responsibility for the advisory program, relationships with advisees, and changes in teacher and student attitudes. The student interviews asked about experiences in the program, relationships with adults in the program, ability to talk to the advisor, the advisor as a role model, pride in the school as a result of the program, relationships with other students as a result of the program, and talking with parents about the program. Data analysis indicated that participants believed in the importance of an adult who cares for an adolescent. There was great diversity in how programs were structured. Two themes emerged about the effect of advisory programs on the schools: teachers moving from attention provider to detention giver and the fact that everyone seemed to be able to point to something good no matter what the situation. (Contains 73 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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