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ERIC Number: ED551004
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 120
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3030-1861-9
Social Experiences of Peer Relationships between Teenagers of Diverse Cognitive Statuses
Buzeta, Marisabel
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Aurora University
A qualitative study was conducted on the mentoring relationship between non-disabled high school students and their cognitive impaired peers through a school club. The study focused on eight students, four non-disabled and four cognitive impaired, through interviews, journals and focus groups. Topics covered include how the club is structured, how students perceived each other, what obstacles students dealt with within their relationships, social role models and additional input by club sponsors. One outcome was that the relationships formed between the students within the mentorship relationship demonstrated a strong bond between the two groups. This bond was possible through basic social and life values which included non-judgmental respect, patience, dependability and independence. Additionally, these relationships and bonds also began to form with students in the general school population through events such as the special education prom. Another outcome was the realization that a structural change needed to occur in order for the club to become more efficient. This included the manner in which the club's information was disseminated, club hierarchy, and general club organization. Recommendations made were geared towards the development of training for the student mentors in order to better prepare them to work with students who are cognitively impaired. [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:]
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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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