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ERIC Number: EJ907976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5284
Impact of Peer Mentoring on Freshmen Engineering Students
Budny, Dan; Paul, Cheryl; Newborg, Beth Bateman
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v11 n5-6 p9-24 Oct-Dec 2010
The transition from high school to college can be very difficult for many students. At the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering, weaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaabyear University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering students are required to register for and attend a large group lecture course, Engineering 0081 Freshmen Seminar, that addresses various aspects and issues of first-year academic and social life. Each first-year student is also required to select and attend a small-group class that is directed by a sophomore, junior, or senior peer-mentor. This paper details how the small-group, peer-mentored classes are an essential aspect of the success of the large 0081 Freshmen Seminar. The paper will discuss just what the peer-mentoring classes involve, what these classes facilitate, and how these classes contribute to successful transitions from high-school life to the first year of university life, and how this successful transition, in turn, contributes to a students' ongoing engineering school success. (Contains 6 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A