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ERIC Number: EJ1071443
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0894-3907
E-Sponsor Mentoring: Support for Students in Developmental Education
Hodges, Russ; Payne, Emily Miller; Dietz, Albert; Hajovsky, Michelle
Journal of Developmental Education, v38 n1 p12-16, 18 Fall 2014
Researchers investigated the use of two mentoring programs for students who were part of a support component of Fundamentals of Conceptual Understanding and Success (FOCUS), a comprehensive intervention grant for students enrolled in developmental mathematics coursework at a large public Texas university. The technology-based mentoring program, titled e-Sponsor Program, was compared to a campus-sponsored mentoring program. The programs differed in terms of mentor-types, mentor training, and use of technology. Results of an end-of-semester survey revealed no statistically significant difference between groups in terms of participants' quality interactions or perceived helpfulness of their e-Sponsor or mentor. The quantitative data confirmed that, regardless of group, more frequent quality interactions resulted in participants perceiving the interactions with mentor or e-Sponsor as very helpful. When participants' perception of helpfulness of the e-Sponsor and mentor was examined in terms of form of communication, the only statistically significant finding was face-to-face interactions. In the qualitative portion of the study, four categories of quality interactions emerged from participants: (a) receiving study and scheduling tips, (b) practicing to interact with professors by practicing with e-Sponsors, (c) receiving helpful advice that could generalize to other courses, and (d) learning to advocate for themselves in academic and practical situations.
National Center for Developmental Education. Appalachian State University, P.O. Box 32098, Boone, NC 28608-2098. Tel: 828-262-3057; Fax: 828-262-7183; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
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