This is a presentation of findings following the implementation of a peer mentoring program (PMP) for freshman student-athletes at Morehead State University (MSU). This PMP was established within the football team. The intention of the peer mentoring aspect of the overall mentoring program is to increase the socialization, and thereby retention, of freshman student-athletes by providing opportunities for semi-structured small group social interactions led by peer mentors. Peer mentors are upper-class volunteers from the same sport as the freshmen. Participation by peer mentors is an opportunity for leadership development and community service. The following questions are posed: Does participation in the PMP increase social interactions; that is, contacts with other persons? Does participation in the PMP increase feelings of connectedness? Is the PMP perceived as an effective socialization resource?
|Advisor:||Privott, Daryl R|
|Commitee:||Shope, Shane C, Larson, Sara M|
|School:||Morehead State University|
|Department:||College of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Kentucky|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Higher education, Educational leadership|
|Keywords:||Freshman student-athletes, Leadership development, Peer mentoring, Retention, Socialization|
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