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High School STEM Academy Mentor-Mentee Relationships

Zona, Justin (2019) High School STEM Academy Mentor-Mentee Relationships. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of this study was to examine the mentor/mentee relationships in a high school STEM academy. The research investigated the impact that professionals in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics have on enhancing STEM education. The goal of the mentor-mentee relationship is to improve STEM skills of the students who are enrolled in the Fairview High School STEM Academy and to enhance their knowledge of the skills necessary to be successful as they enter the workforce or post-secondary education. This particular study focused on the mentors’ role in helping high school students to develop the relevant STEM skills.
The results allowed the program evaluation inquiry questions to be fully explored and to provide data on the effects of the relationship. The findings aid in describing the value of the mentor program as a component of the STEM Academy and planning for future mentor-mentee cohorts.
A qualitative approach was used for the program evaluation that was conducted on the high school STEM academy. The data collection methods consist of document analysis, focus groups, and interviews. The qualitative approach was selected due to the low number of participants in the research study and the ability for the research to be based on human observations, experiences, and attitudes about the STEM academy.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Zona, Justinzona001@yahoo.comjqz1
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairLongo,
Committee MemberKirk,
Committee MemberTrahan,
Date: 26 June 2019
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 5 December 2018
Approval Date: 26 June 2019
Submission Date: 11 June 2019
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 84
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: STEM, Mentor, Mentee, Focus Group
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2019 19:27
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2019 19:27


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