Date of Award

Summer 2019

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Educational Studies

First Advisor

Toby S. Jenkins


The problem of practice described in this paper was identified by the state testing gaps between White and Black male students at a middle school in central South Carolina. This identified problem of practice led to the development of the research question: What is the impact of a tutoring and mentoring program using self-regulated learning strategies on my Black male students and their academic achievement in eighth grade science? The purpose of this study is to determine if a tutoring and mentoring program will affect the academic achievement of my Black male students in science.

The action research model being followed for this is by Mertler (2014). The four phases being followed are titled: planning phase, acting phase, developing phase, and reflecting phase. Chapter One of this paper begins with the identification of the problem, problem statement, research question, and the purpose of the study. Chapter Two is a review of the literature related to the topics identified in the problem of practice to determine what other researchers have discovered completing similar studies. In Chapter Three, the action research methodology acknowledged within this study is discussed in depth. Chapter Four contains the findings of the action research study along with the discoveries, reflections, and data analyses. Finally, Chapter Five contains a summary, which reveals the conclusions of the research and suggestions for further research related to the DiP.