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M.A. in Educational Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Johnson, Theodore B.


Pine Hill School District (Pine Hill, N.J.); Peer counseling of students


Other Educational Administration and Supervision


The purpose of the study was to explore the effects of Peer Mediation, mentoring and counseling techniques on sixth grade males in order to improve behavior and reduce discipline problems. The population was a selected group of males from the sixth grade who had experienced significant disciplinary actions. The population was studied for approximately three marking periods while receiving a combined program of counseling with a male counselor, male mentoring and Peer Mediation. The sample size, although small, was totally representative of the socially unacceptable behavior population. The data gathering procedures consisted of individualized interviews with each participant determining the range of progress.

The major conclusions were positive results for the pupil participants, ranging from no disciplinary contacts with the principal to positive results in the academic subjects, to apparent and obvious growth in self-esteem in addition to interactions with adults, peers and family. The teachers and administration within the school are now requesting and recommending mentors assigned to other pupils having social and behavioral difficulties. Finally the intern's leadership development was enhanced through the application of behavioral management strategies that improved academic performance and discipline concerns overall within the school environment.