Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An analysis of academic peer leaders' perceptions of academic skills and performance
by Shook, Jaime L., M.Ed., University of South Carolina, 2012, 86; 1511093
Abstract (Summary)

This research study explored academic peer leadership in the context of higher education and student affairs. In this study, a peer leader was considered to be "an undergraduate student who has been selected to serve as a mentor or peer educator to other students through a position with a school-run organization" (Keup & Skipper, 2010). The study focused on academic peer leaders, which included students who served within tutoring services, Supplemental Instruction, first-year seminar courses and academic advising. This study examined the change in academic skills and performance as a result of the academic peer leadership experience.

Mixed methodology allowed the researcher to gain a deeper understanding of the academic peer leader experience. The 2009 Peer Leadership Survey, conducted by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition in spring 2009, provided the "first national portrait of peer leader experiences" (Keup & Skipper, 2010).

Quantitative findings noted that academic peer leaders are better able to make connections between their peer leadership experience and changes in their academic skills and performance, as compared to other types (housed in other programs). Qualitative findings demonstrated how academic peer leaders made the connections between their role and their academic performance. The findings had implications on higher education professional practice and demonstrated a need for future research about peer leader programs and the experiences of students who serve as peer leaders.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Friedman, Dan
Commitee: Kennedy, Kirsten, Pruitt, Dennis
School: University of South Carolina
Department: Higher Education and Student Affairs
School Location: United States -- South Carolina
Source: MAI 50/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Higher education
Keywords: Academic performance, Academic skills, Academic support, Higher education, Peer education, Peer leadership
Publication Number: 1511093
ISBN: 9781267363404
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