Date of Award

Spring 5-14-2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

School Psychology

First Advisor

Laci Charette

Second Advisor

Katherine Dunham

Third Advisor

Patricia Egan

Abstract

The present study evaluated a peer mentoring program (Eagle Buddies) in a rural K-12 school to assess its effects on the academic achievement of student participants. Several types of data were collected: standardized ELA and Math scores were obtained over time, the students were interviewed about their experiences, and teachers were surveyed for suggestions of ways to improve the program. Results showed that academic scores significantly increased over time and the overall opinion of the program from both students and teachers was positive. Several limitations of the design of this program evaluation will be discussed.

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