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ERIC Number: ED528144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 145
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1245-9034-9
ISSN: N/A
The Perceived Impact of a High School Advisory Program on Academic Performance, Character Development, Sense of Connectedness, and School Climate
Walloff, Alyssa M.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Widener University
The purpose of this study was to research teacher and student perceptions of the impact of an advisory program at a large, suburban high school. The advisory program on which this study focused was created in August 2004. Kottler and Kottler (1998) note "it is through your relationships with students that you affect and influence them most dramatically" (p. 55) Implementing a schoolwide advisory program is a systematic approach to encouraging strong, positive relationships between teachers and students. The advisor becomes a mentor and advocate for his/her students. Previous studies have found advisories to be effective, but these studies have primarily focused on middle school advisory programs or advisory programs in private schools (Gewertz, 2007; Whitney & Hoffman, 1998; Wilson, 1998). Building on the promising findings of previous research, this study was based on qualitative data on the perceptions of advisory mentors and students of the effectiveness of their advisory program. This study is unique in that it focused on a large, suburban high school rather than a small school, a middle school, or a private school. This research examined the student and teacher perceptions of the impact the advisory program has on academics, character development, sense of connectedness, and school climate. The results of this study indicate that although the advisory program had little impact on citizenship and academics, it greatly impacted the sense of connectedness and school climate at this large, suburban high school. The findings of this study may assist school personnel as they consider developing an advisory program The information contained in this study provides important data on timing and structure for those who wish to create an advisory program in their high schools. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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