Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Faculty of Science

First Advisor

Frederick Binding

Advisor Role

Thesis Committee Member

Second Advisor

Geoffrey Nelson

Advisor Role

Thesis Committee Member

Third Advisor

Jim Dudeck

Advisor Role

Thesis Committee Member


A preventative one-on-one support program for students identified as “at risk” for school attendance problems utilized university volunteers as support persons, and existing attendance counsellors as supervisors of the program. A process evluation of the program yielded descriptive information on the numerous methods of dealing with attendance in the various Waterloo County Board of Education Schools (e.g. Safe Arrival Program). Results indicated a controversial perception of the Attendance Department and a positive response to the university volunteer program. An unexpected result was that participating area children chose non-school personnel for assistance with problem-solving. There was a positive response to the program by participating children and a perceived need for administrative support by attendance counsellors.

Convocation Year


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Psychology Commons