With education constantly being put underneath the microscope, having students perform at their highest possible level carries extreme importance. The purpose of this study was to take one of the lowest achieving groups in a suburban high school, work with them on a weekly basis during the school day and after school, and see if these students could maintain a rigorous track all throughout their high school experience. The group this study examined was a group of African American male freshmen. A cross-curricular group of teachers began working with this group of African American males to keep them on a rigorous track which would prepare them for their college education after the completion of high school. In preparation for the implementation of the program, four different themes were considered as to the source of the problem for the lack of African American males on the advanced placement track: lack of mentors in education, the achievement gap, socio-economic status, and peer influence. The students who participated in the mentoring program did so on a voluntary basis, and the program as a whole had the support of the district, the building level principal, building staff, and the parents of the students involved. The findings in the study suggest that students who are exposed to a mentoring program while in high school have the opportunity to be more successful in preparation for post-secondary endeavors. The findings also show that these same students outperformed their classmates in various measures that will assist them in their pursuit of life after high school and that the school district should consider implementation of a district-wide mentoring program. The data support that the program worked for the high school involved in the study. It could work for other grade levels within the district if the program is designed to meet the needs of those students. Future research similar to this study could include implementation of mentoring programs around the state to support all of Career and Technical Education.
|Commitee:||Brown, Joshua, Ray, Stacy|
|School:||Missouri Baptist University|
|School Location:||United States -- Missouri|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||African American Studies, Education|
|Keywords:||African American, Career and technical education, Mentoring|
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