Date Approved

4-30-1998

Embargo Period

8-11-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Johnson, Theodore

Subject(s)

Camden County Vocational and Technical Schools (Pennsauken, N.J.); Mentoring in education; School administrators--Training of

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

Mentoring many at-risk students who benefit from contact with teachers and other faculty members, the ten-year-old program at the Pennsauken Campus of Camden County Technical school needed change and improvement.

The study identified students who had ability but did not succeed in school because of discipline, attendance, or academic reasons.

Previously only freshmen were initially included in the program, but this study included upper class students in need of mentoring and encouraged additional mentors to participate.

Mentors and students were paired and met either daily or twice monthly. Each month the intern collected brief reports of the meetings and met with mentors when necessary to discuss ideas and problems.

Mentors monitored student progress in classes, student attendance and any discipline problems. The intern followed up on each faculty member by personal contact with mentors on a regular basis. A comparison between the progress of students seen on a daily basis and those seen once a month was made, and a comparison of grades from one year to the next was made. Discipline and attendance records were also examined. A survey of mentors was also taken, and an end of the year report was compiled.

The study concluded that the mentoring program was of benefit to "at-risk" students because an improvement was demonstrated in all areas of school life.

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