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ERIC Number: EJ854567
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
Creating a Culture of Connectedness through Middle School Advisory Programs
Shulkind, Sarah Brody; Foote, Jack
Middle School Journal (J3), v41 n1 p20-27 Sep 2009
Middle school reformers have widely promoted advisory programs as a way to strengthen connectedness at the middle level. Broadly defined, advisory programs are configurations in which an adult advisor meets regularly during the school day with a group of students to provide academic and social-emotional mentorship and support, to create personalization within the school, and to facilitate a small peer community of learners. This article defines the qualities of advisory programs and advisors that foster connectedness based on research at three diverse middle schools with successful advisory programs that can serve as models for other schools. The authors gave every advisor and student in each school a questionnaire designed to establish which advisories fostered high levels of student connectedness. The questionnaire helped the authors determine which students felt most connected, which advisories reported high levels of connectedness, and which advisors perceived the same levels of connectedness as their advisees. The authors selected the three advisories at each site with the highest levels of connectedness, and they interviewed the advisors, observed their advisories, and conducted focus groups with their student advisees. The authors discovered seven salient characteristics about advisors and advisory programs that fostered connectedness at all three sites. These characteristics are discussed in detail through the remainder of this article. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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