1. Introduction

Why did we choose peer mentoring?
We chose this topic because we felt that the relationship between the seniors and juniors can be further improved. We noticed some juniors are not very close to their level mates, and worse still, even the seniors. Totally anti-social! That is not what we want in SST. Some reasons that cause this anti-social problem might be because they feel inferior, thus feeling left out; their personal problems; and also they don't really care and just mind their own business. That might be good...But we don't want to see a school with such a small population full of anti-socials.

We do not want this to happen because the following things might happen:
Take for example; If the student wants to know more about the Applied subjects, of course they can ask the teachers for preferences and more information. But when this junior does not have friends from other levels, they can't get good advice from the students themselves who are doing the subjects. And when that happens, they might loose out from his/her other level mates.

RESEARCH JUSTIFICATION


Research Topic:  Peer Mentoring

Chosen Area of Focus:  Seniors - Juniors / Juniors - Seniors

  1. Framing our research topic
Our chosen area of focus is to grow better relationship between the Seniors and the Juniors. We have chosen this topic as sometimes relationships between seniors and juniors aren’t so good.

- Possible reasons for problems related to the non-occurrence of peer mentoring of SST seniors and juniors are because the juniors are too shy to make senior or the seniors don’t want to be friends with the juniors.

- The advantages of having a good senior-junior relationship are that the seniors can help the juniors with their studies. Friends are good!

- Some possible solutions could be to have more activities (e.g. Sports Competitions, Projects related to interviewing the other levels)


Reasons for choice of topic:
  1. We have chosen this topic as friends are very important in secondary school.
  2. This topic benefits society as students in secondary school can have more friends and they can in turn help each other in their studies.
  3. Juniors can learn how to develop their character from their seniors. Or can even get some experience from them.

Feasibility of this Topic:
  1. There is a need for our research, as some juniors don’t have many senior friends. We can help them make more friends.
  2. It is possible to carry out and complete the project, as there are many students in the school that we can survey on and interview.
  3. The proposed course of action is logical and realistic as it can be completed with the help of some students who would be willing to do a survey and with our hard work and group effort.
  4. The research provides sufficient opportunity for generation of ideas, as we will constantly have to think of ways to do certain things in the project. As for analysis and evaluation of ideas, we will certainly have many opportunities to analyse information and evaluate ideas on how to go about deciding what to do next.

Manageability of the research:
  1. The timeline for the different components of the project will be decided later based on the situation then. But overall, the project will be done as quickly and carefully as we can, trying our best not to go out of point and staying as close to the topic as possible.
  2. This research provides sufficient opportunity for group work as we will need to discuss a lot of matters regarding the project, for example who will be assigned to do what component of the project and we will have to work together.
  3. We do anticipate some difficulties along the way, such as poor communication among the group members and lack of data. We intend to cope with these difficulties by having discussions in real life and skype often.

Accessibility of the information required:

  1. Information/knowledge that will be relevant to our research would be whether juniors have senior friends.
  2. We will be obtaining this information from primary and secondary sources, depending on which one gives more reliable and useful information.
  3. Some alternatives that we have thought of would be to ask others for information or where can we find the information that we need.
  4. Some problems we anticipate while gathering my materials would be that the information that we can find is not entirely relevant to our project and that that is already the closest piece of information among all others that we have found.


    Process

     - We first branched out the big ideas into; Sustainability, Relationship and Behaviour. Next, we listed out the different subheadings, and then the questions. Then together, we eliminated the different questions one by one:

     - How can accept we all students, even though there are racial and religious differences?
    We don't really have any racial/religious problems within us SST Students.

     - How can we greet all the staff we come across in corridors?
    It is quite difficult to research on this topic, so no thanks.

     - How can we improve the situation between stern teachers and shy students?
    It is also quite difficult to research on this topic.

     - How can we aid each other in education? How can we form stronger bonds between seniors and juniors
    (This is what we chose, just that we merged and edited it)








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