Research on the Big Buddies Program Analytical Essay by Nicky

A review of the research project in Susan Dennison's article entitled "A Win-Win Peer Mentoring and Tutoring Program; a Collaborative Model."
# 150623 | 1,152 words | 1 source | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Mar 27, 2012 in Research Designs (General)

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The paper examines the quality of the research project on the Big Buddies program, as presented in Susan Dennison's article, "A Win-Win Peer Mentoring and Tutoring Program; a Collaborative Model." The paper specifically critiques the literature review, research design, objectives, sample selection criteria, data analysis and evaluation of the results. The paper highlights many weaknesses in the empirical study design, but notes that Dennison used the study more as a case study to provide valuable insights into the Big Buddies program.

From the Paper:

"The first area that will be explored is the literature review. The literature review provides the rationale and development of the theoretical underpinnings of the article. The literature review for Dennison's article presented an excellent summary of research from both a historical perspective and in a modern context. It is comprehensive and provides an organized overview of theory regarding state of the art mentoring programs at the time of the research. It highlights the development of current theory on peer mentoring. Dennison's article was published in the year 2000. However, many of the articles referenced in the literature review were over 10 years old at the time the article was written. More recent articles would have provided a better underpinning for the development of the literature review.
"The purpose of the article is to describe the Big Buddies program and to report the results of a program evaluation. It is apparent that the research will use a case study approach, although this is not clearly stated in the purpose statement. This type of research design does not have t clearly defined independent and dependent variable, as in a comparative or empirical study design. Aside from these formal elements, the study lacked a clearly stated hypothesis. It is simply a review of another research evaluation conducted by the Big Buddies program in the selected community setting."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dennison, S. (2000). A win-win peer mentoring and tutoring program; a collaborative model. The Journal of Primary Prevention. 20 (3): 161-174.

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