Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Students' perceptions of Check and Connect
by Beattie, Tiffany K., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 104; 1527359
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined the implementation of Check and Connect with three diverse, female adolescent students identified to be at risk for school dropout that had participated in the program for 2.5 years. Data analyzed included student perceptions from semi-structured interviews; mentor perceptions via survey; academic, attendance, and discipline records; results from a student engagement survey; and treatment integrity data Grounded Theory was used to examine data for themes regarding student engagement and experiences in Check and Connect. Results suggest that participants experienced decreases in extrinsic motivation, and therefore increased intrinsic motivation over 2.5 years of Check and Connect participation. Maintenance or improvement in academic and behavioral engagement was associated with consistently meeting with mentors. Participants indicated that mentor race did not affect the mentor-student relationship, but preferred same-gender mentors. After experiencing initial apprehension developing relationships with mentors, students reported positive experiences in the program and strong bonds with their mentors.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Powers, Kristin
Commitee: Hagans, Kristi, Pavri, Shireen
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational psychology
Keywords: Check and Connect, Student engagement
Publication Number: 1527359
ISBN: 9781303766343
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