Does paired mentoring work? A study of the effectiveness and affective value of academically asymmetrical peer mentoring in supporting disadvantaged students in school science

Sharpe, Rachael and Abrahams, Ian and Fotou, Nikolaos (2017) Does paired mentoring work? A study of the effectiveness and affective value of academically asymmetrical peer mentoring in supporting disadvantaged students in school science. In: ESERA 2017, 21-25 August 2017, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland.

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Abstract

Within England there has been a growing recognition of the need to increase students’ attainment in science
especially amongst disadvantaged students whose schools receive additional state funding to support their
education. There is, in England, currently no paired mentoring programme in which undergraduates,
studying STEM subjects, are paired up with disadvantaged students (aged between 15-16) while they are
studying towards their science GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education (public examinations)).
This peer mentoring project in which students, from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, are
paired with undergraduate students was designed and implemented in order to help improve both their
academic achievement in science and their attitudes towards studying science in the post compulsory phase
of their education up to, and including, university level. The project is a comparative study involving a
control (n=42) and intervention (n=42) group from across four state secondary schools in England. Unlike
previous evaluations of mentoring projects, that relied solely upon participants’ (mentors, mentees and
programme coordinators) self-evaluations, this study uses student school test and public examination data
as a measure of academic achievement in addition to questionnaires to investigate their attitudes towards
science. This paper reports on the way that this project was designed, issues arising in its implementation,
as well as results regarding its effectiveness.

Keywords:Mentoring, Paired Mentoring, Attitudes, Summative Asssessment
Subjects:X Education > X900 Others in Education
X Education > X300 Academic studies in Education
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
X Education > X330 Academic studies in Secondary Education
Divisions:College of Social Science
ID Code:33252
Deposited On:20 Oct 2018 21:56

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