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Improving Academic Achievement and Self-Concept in Elementary School Students Through Mentoring Programs: A Preliminary Study
This study examined the efficacy of two school-based mentoring programs on improving academic achievement and self-concept among elementary school students (N= 55). Results indicated standardized reading, language, and math achievement scores improved significantly from fall to spring in both the Job ASSET Peer Mentor Program and the Adult Mentor Program. In addition, self-concept improved more for students in the Job ASSET
Peer Mentor Program compared to those in the Adult Mentor Program. Implications for
school counselors are discussed.
Keywords: elementary school, mentoring, academic achievement, self-concept