Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Peer Leaders Uniting Students (PLUS) Program: The Impact on School Climate, Student Engagement, and Student Mentoring
by Gauna, Reyes, Ed.D., Concordia University Irvine, 2017, 133; 10604062
Abstract (Summary)

Educators are always evaluating how students connect to their school, trying to identify strategies and intervention programs that will help students be success and linked to their school. A school’s culture and student engagement opportunities provide areas that can be impacted, especially when mentoring is added to the model being implemented. Educators go into the profession with the goal of having an impact on the lives of students. Key to the success of making an impact is the importance of connecting with students, providing student engagement opportunities, and maximizing mentoring with younger peers.

Peer Leaders Uniting Students program is helping districts address day-to-day issues in a collaborative manner using data. This study evaluated the impact the PLUS Program had from the perception and knowledge of adults (teachers, counselors, administrators, and support staff), assessing school climate, student engagement, and student monitoring. The researcher used quantitative and qualitative measurement instruments. A survey was provided to teachers, counselors, administrators, support staff, and PLUS advisors. The survey was followed by interviews that had questions created using data from the adult participants’ survey responses.

This grounded theory approach guided the researcher to conclude that even though the PLUS Program is proving to be effective for students, adults need additional training to use the program data. The researcher created a professional development session to meet this need.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Karge, Belinda D.
Commitee: Andrus, Ward, Hopewell, Mary
School: Concordia University Irvine
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 78/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational sociology, Educational leadership
Keywords: Climate, Culture, Mentoring, PLUS, Student engagement
Publication Number: 10604062
ISBN: 9780355098907
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