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Coaching in secondary and tertiary education

The effects of two interventions on students’ well-being and teachers' stress
PhD ceremony:Ms T. (Tatiana) Ciff
When:October 26, 2020
Supervisors:prof. dr. M.P.C. (Greetje) van der Werf, prof. dr. H. (Hanke) Korpershoek
Where:Academy building RUG
Faculty:Behavioural and Social Sciences
Coaching in secondary and tertiary education

Bernard (2005) states that the You Can Do It! (YCDI) Mentoring Program can help young people who perform less well than they could in school. The program aims to teach these "underachievers" to better adapt socio-emotionally to school, so that they also perform better. The program focuses on five social-emotional skills (the 5Keys), namely: confidence, persistence, organization, getting along and emotional resilience. The effects of the program were evaluated among secondary and higher vocational education students. In secondary education also the effects of the program on teachers stress  were  studied. In both  studies, an experimental group received the program and a control group received regular mentoring lessons.

The results in secondary education showed that, based on the observations of the mentors, the scores on the 5Keys of the students in the experimental group were increased more after the implementation of the program than those of the students in the control group. However, based on students' self-perceptions, this positive effect of the program was not found. There was also no effect on the stress of the teachers. The results in higher vocational education showed, looking at the perceptions of the teachers as well as the students themselves, that the scores of the students in the experimental group were significantly and substantially more increased than those of the students in the control group. Based on these results, it is concluded that the Program can positively improve the social-emotional skills of pupils and students under certain conditions.