Date Approved

5-31-2000

Embargo Period

7-18-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Leadership

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Capasso, Ronald

Subject(s)

Beck Middle School (Cherry Hill, N.J.); Peer counseling of students

Disciplines

Educational Leadership

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to enhance students' use of critical thinking skills and decision making abilities for the 6th grade at Beck Middle School. Using an action research plan, this intern measured the learning that derived from peer led presentations. By enhancing these skills through peer led groups, students at Beck Middle School have begun to realize that all actions have consequences and effect others.

Methodology

72 sixth grade students at Beck Middle School in Cherry Hill, NJ were surveyed with 13 questions that related to their exposure to the Student Leadership Corps. These sixth graders had all been surveyed both prior to the outreaches and after the outreaches. The 13 questions directly related to the information provided by the members of the SLC. The survey data prior to the outreaches was compiled and compared with the survey data after the outreaches were performed. The data was then put into percentages to determine if any growth in knowledge took place.

Conclusions

There was statistically significant improvement in four areas of study by the SLC. A major conclusion that was drawn was that most of the students were exposed to some drug education prior to the SLC performing their outreaches.

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