Evaluation of the In2science peer-mentoring program

Modelled on the STAR programme in Western Australia, the In2science Peer Mentoring Program places science-based university students from Victorian universities as mentors in secondary schools. It is a requirement that mentors have completed at least one year of university and that they express a genuine interest in helping students in both their understanding of, and motivation for, science and mathematics learning. The CSHE has undertaken two evaluations of the program, one in 2006 and the second in 2009 (see below).

Researchers
Kerri-Lee Harris
Funded by
Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS)
In2science Board and partners, including the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Date
2012

Independent evaluation of the In2science Peer Mentoring Program

This report is the result of an independent evaluation of the In2science program. It examines its current effectiveness, the benefits of participation for peer mentors, schools and teachers as well as offering recommendations for enhancing the program in future. The study found that when there is an effective match between mentor and teacher, In2science peer mentoring delivers positive outcomes for mentors and teachers and there is some indication that there is a positive effect on the attitudes of students towards science itself.

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Researchers
Kelly Farrell and Kerri-Lee Harris
Date
2006

Evaluating university-to-school peer mentoring in science: The influence of the In2science program in Victorian schools

This report examines the potential for the In2science program to influence the teaching and learning of science in secondary schools in Victoria. The report explores the 'school perspective', drawing primarily on the insights and experiences of school teachers and principals. The objective is to analyse the influence of In2science in schools which have well-established and continuing involvement in the In2science program. This information will be of value to both the In2science management team, and to schools considering building partnerships with In2science in the future.

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Researchers
Kerri-Lee Harris and Angelito Calma
Date
2009