ERIC Number: EJ945973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Revelations from Partners in Active Learning Support (PALS) Leaders and Mentors: Considerations for Developing Peer Programs
Tindall, Judith A.; Black, David R.; Spight, Damon L.
Perspectives in Peer Programs, v20 n3 p93-115 Spr-Sum 2007
The National FFA Organization's Partners in Active Learning Support (PALS) is a program that utilizes high school members from FFA chapters as peer mentors. The purpose of this study was to examine needs of a sample of PALS advisors and mentors. An on-site pilot study was initially conducted, which included 3 individual interviews with program advisors and focus groups for 23 PALS mentors. Pilot study data were used to revise the interview plan and materials before conducting a larger needs assessment at the National FFA Organization's national convention in the fall of 2005. A total of 7 PALS advisors and 38 PALS mentors participated in the larger study. Five distinct themes emerged from the interviews: Training, communication, connection, curriculum, and evaluation. Recommendations were provided to enhance the current PALS program based on those five themes.
Descriptors: Mentors, Needs Assessment, Focus Groups, Active Learning, Leaders, Pilot Projects, Interviews, Middle School Students, High School Students, High Schools, Academic Achievement, Daily Living Skills, Drug Use, Control Groups, Surveys, Probability, Dropouts
National Association of Peer Programs. P.O. Box 10627, Gladstone, MO 64188. Tel: 877-314-7337; Tel: 816-436-7641; Fax: 866-314-7337; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.peerprogramprofessionals.org/publications/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Utah