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ERIC Number: EJ1054147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0548-1457
Mentoring and Academic Performance of Black and Under-Resourced Urban Middle Grade Students
Biggs, Shirley A.; Musewe, Lucas O.; Harvey, Jean P.
Negro Educational Review, v65 n1-4 p64-86 2014
Our study examines the impact of adult mentoring on Black, under-resourced, urban, middle grade students. First, we explore impact of mentoring on grades earned in the context of a comprehensive program which included one-on-one mentoring and an array of out-of-school enrichment activities. We also examine the nature of mentor-mentee engagement during mentoring interactions. Descriptive statistics were used to compare mean differences in grade point averages (GPAs) of students in the comprehensive program with those in the non-comprehensive (one-on-one mentoring only) program. Comprehensive Program mentees earned higher GPAs than non-comprehensive mentees overall in mathematics, reading, and science. Further, when reading GPAs of the groups were compared, the mean difference was statistically significant at the 0.05 level. An independent samples t-test for equality of means was also used to explore the impact of mentor-mentee engagement. Results from this examination highlighted the importance of the intensity and content of engagement during mentor-mentee interactions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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