A study into the impact of assertive mentoring on the behaviour of year 8 boys in a secondary school in South Wales.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This was a small scale study which explored the impact of assertive mentoring on the behaviour of Year 8 boys in a secondary school in South Wales. Assertive mentoring has been noted as a successful intervention with pupils as a means of raising attainment. My hypothesis was that this principle could be used with pupils in Key Stage 3 as a means to improve behaviour and, in turn, to consider whether this then improved achievement. A piece of action research was conducted. This was the most appropriate research method as it implemented change and examined if there was any improvement in the behaviour of Year 8 boys. Questionnaires, interviews and data from the school’s computer system were used to collect information and a sample of Year 8 boys was involved in a planned assertive mentoring intervention. The methodology was practicable and the interventions were successfully completed. At the beginning of the study only 29% of pupils considered improving their own behaviour to be important. However, following the intervention, 87% of pupils felt it was important. The assertive mentoring intervention did have a positive effect on the behaviour of Year 8 boys and all pupils who received the intervention showed an improvement in behaviour. Whilst the focus of this study was to consider the impact of assertive mentoring on behaviour, it became apparent that a by-product of improving behaviour was also an improvement in attainment. Attitudes towards behaviour changed and a more positive approach was adopted by Year 8 boys following this study.
MA Education - Dissertation
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