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ERIC Number: ED439439
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 17
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Mentoring: Promoting Inner City Elementary School Student Literacy.
da Costa, Jose L.; Klak, Roz; Schinke, Robert
One of the keys to enabling children from disadvantaged backgrounds to be successful in school and later in life might be to provide them, through mentors, with exposure to literacy and numeracy, and to introduce problem-solving techniques to them early in their school careers. This study was concerned specifically with the mentorship experiences of: low socioeconomic or educationally disadvantaged elementary students who might not achieve their maximum potential in school or later in life; mentors who made commitments to work "one-on-one" with mentees on a regular basis for one school year; and the school mentorship coordinator as she worked to bring mentors and mentees together. These issues were examined at Norwood School in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where a mentorship program was implemented during the 1997-98 school year and continued in 1998-99. The program was designed to increase student literacy in this inner-city elementary school. Administrators and a teacher were interviewed, and questionnaires were distributed to 136 mentors (45 surveys returned), 136 mentees (83 returned), and 10 teachers (7 returned). Test scores were also examined. Compared with the literature, the findings are that: overwhelmingly students enjoyed spending time with their mentors; the majority of the mentors also enjoyed their interactions with their mentees; having an adult work with students gives students the feeling they are "worthwhile"; mentorship programs are most successful when designed to help develop the "whole child" socially and academically; and besides understanding how literacy develops in children, the program coordinator needs to have exceptional interpersonal communication skills. Test results showed conclusively that more students achieved and exceeded grade level expectations during the 1998-99 school year than the previous year. (Contains 11 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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