ERIC Number: EJ945974
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 8
Program Evaluations in Peer Helping: Essential Steps
Starkey, Donna; Nunnery, Roseanne; Spereris, Carl J.
Perspectives in Peer Programs, v20 n3 p116-121 Spr-Sum 2007
Students helping students have become an increasingly important educational concept over the last 20 years. While the popularity and prevalence of these types of programs have grown considerably, there has been little effort to evaluate their effectiveness. The authors advocate for counselors to use a scientist practitioner approach to implementing peer helping programs. Because of the amount of resources necessary to establish and effectively operate a peer mediation program, it is critical that such expenditures of time and energy be justified on a continual basis. In this article, the authors apply questions for test construction that Cohen and Swerdlik (1999) proposed to the development of instruments for evaluating the success of peer helping programs. To effectively create an evaluation tool for peer programs, there is a need to examine the overall objective of the program, if there is a need for the program, who will use the evaluation tool, who will complete the evaluation, and what content the evaluation tool will cover.
Descriptors: Peer Counseling, Peer Mediation, Test Construction, Program Evaluation, Peer Relationship, Program Effectiveness, Evaluation Methods, Measurement Objectives, Evaluation Needs, Measurement Techniques, Change Strategies, Helping Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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