Date Approved

7-1-1999

Embargo Period

8-9-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching: Elementary Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Robinson, Randall

Subject(s)

Fifth grade (Education); Mathematics--Study and teaching (Elementary); Peer teaching

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of the implementation of a peer tutoring program in mathematics on the academic achievement level of fifth grade students. It was hypothesized that there would be a significant difference in the mathematics achievement level of fifth grade students who participated in a peer tutoring program than in the mathematics achievement level of fifth grade students who do not participate in a peer tutoring program in mathematics.

The study was a quasi-experimental design consisting of students in two fifth grade classrooms. Twenty-three students from each classroom participated in the study. One class was identified as the experimental group and the other class was identified as the control group. Both groups were pre-tested using a unit test created by the authors of Real Math (see appendix A). The experimental group then participated in a peer tutoring program in mathematics for ten weeks. The control group was taught mathematics without supplemental instruction. Both groups were then post tested using a unit test created by the authors of Real Math. A t-test was administered to determine the significance of the mean post test scores for the experimental and control groups where alpha=.05(alpha value). The t-test revealed no significant difference between the mean post test scores of the two groups.

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