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ERIC Number: ED565557
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 117
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3036-7778-6
Mentor Programs and the Impact on School Connectedness
Weatherman, Jodi L.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Gardner-Webb University
This dissertation was designed to examine the impact school-based mentor programs have on school connectedness when compared to a control group with no mentoring. Further, the study was designed to determine the differential impact between peer mentoring and adult mentoring. The research study was also designed to provide data to inform the implementation of mentor programs when comparing higher- and lower-performing students. School connectedness is the belief by students that adults and peers in the school care about their learning as well as about them as individuals. The researcher developed a mentor program for peer mentoring and adult mentoring with relationship building activities over the course of the mentee's freshman year. The measure of student connectedness was determined with the pre and post responses from the NC Student Learning Conditions Survey. Five constructs from the NCSLCS determined the measure of school connectedness: Academic Engagement, Social Engagement, 21st Century Skills, Caring and Safe Environment, and Classroom Environment. An analysis of the data revealed that there was no statistical significance observed at the conclusion of the mentor program when comparing the pre- and post-mean differences. However, there were trends that demonstrated the importance of teacher relationships with students. The data implies that teachers can have a positive impact on social engagement and 21st century skills for students, especially lower-performing students. The data also implies that peers positively impact higher-performing students. [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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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina