Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education

First Advisor

Patricia C. Kornelis


This research study evaluated the effectiveness of Crew as a model to cultivate a sense of belonging among high school students. Crew, as it was implemented at this school, involved the daily meeting of a group of approximately twelve students of different genders and grade levels with the goal of building a sense of community in the student body. The participants were students at a private Christian high school in Ontario, Canada. The study consisted of a closed-ended survey of the student body and semi-structured interviews with eight students. The results of the study revealed that students perceived Crew, as it was implemented at this particular school, to have a small yet positive impact on their sense of belonging at school. The study highlighted the need for increasing the fidelity of implementation of Crew and recommends further research into Crew as a potential model to foster a sense of belonging in a student body.


Action Research Project Submitted in Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education