Date Approved

5-31-2005

Embargo Period

4-19-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Capasso, Ronald

Subject(s)

Education, Elementary; Mentoring in education

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of mentoring at-risk students in grades 1-5 (n=19) using action research. Students were partnered with teachers who volunteered for the study. Data regarding frequency and duration of contact, changes in academic, social, and behavioral skills, in student perceptions of school, and reactions of the mentors was collected for five months. Mentors and mentees defined their experiences of working together. The experiences for the mentors ranged from positive to negative. All mentees reported positive feelings. Mentors, mentees, and classroom teachers provided input into the strengths and weaknesses of the mentoring program. Results demonstrated a correlation between effort on the part of the mentors and changes in attitude and performance for the mentees. Implications for the use of a mentoring program are discussed.

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