Does Paired Mentoring Work? A Study of the Effectiveness and Affective Value of Pairing Students Aged 16 with Undergraduate Students in England

Sharpe, Rachael and Fotou, Nikolaos and Abrahams, Ian (2019) Does Paired Mentoring Work? A Study of the Effectiveness and Affective Value of Pairing Students Aged 16 with Undergraduate Students in England. In: New Perspectives in Science Education, 21-22 March 2019, Florence, Italy.

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Does Paired Mentoring Work? A Study of the Effectiveness and Affective Value of Pairing Students Aged 16 with Undergraduate Students in England
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Within England there is a growing aim to improve the lives of secondary school students who are defined as disadvantaged as well as supporting these students’ attainment and improving their attitudes towards secondary school science. This project was designed to support disadvantaged students who were taking their compulsory public General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) science examination in their final year of secondary education in England (Year 11 – aged 15 to 16) by pairing them with undergraduate mentors from a university. The study, set up as a randomized control trial, involved 86 disadvantaged students across four secondary schools with half being involved in the intervention and half in the control – drawing on an inter and intra school comparison. The mentoring lasted for 23 weeks with an intensive six-hour mentoring session just prior to their GCSE examinations. Data was collected from the Year 11 students’ mock and actual GCSE examinations results as well as questionnaires from both Year 11 and undergraduates. The results found that mentored students did statistically better in terms of their attainment both in mock and actual GCSE examinations as well as a statistically greater improvement in their attitudes to science than un-mentored students. These findings demonstrate the impact and value of academically asymmetrical paired mentoring projects.

Keywords:Paired Mentoring, Attitudes towards Science, Summative Asssessment, Secondary School Science
Subjects:X Education > X300 Academic studies in Education
X Education > X330 Academic studies in Secondary Education
X Education > X900 Others in Education
X Education > X990 Education not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
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Deposited On:01 May 2019 10:23

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