Date Approved

6-14-2008

Embargo Period

3-23-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Hespe, David

Subject(s)

Fourth grade (Education); Peer teaching

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to discover what happens in a fourth grade inclusion classroom when peer tutoring is implemented. Peer tutoring was implemented as a test review strategy for five tests. Observations were recorded based on off task behavior, on task behavior, questions asked during the reviews, and students that finished in the allotted time. These results were compared to previous observations that were taken during typical test reviews. During the peer tutoring reviews, an average of 36.4 instances of on task behavior were observed, compared to an average of 23 instances during the typical test reviews. There was an average of 8.2 instances of off task behavior observed during the peer tutoring reviews, compared to an average of 19 instances during the typical reviews. During the peer tutoring reviews, an average of 9.8 questions were asked. During the typical reviews, an average of 13.5 questions were asked. In the typical test reviews, an average of 15.5 out of 18 students finished on time. During the peer tutoring reviews, 14.6 out of 18 students finished on time. Based on this data, it was concluded that peer tutoring is an effective reading strategy. Implications of these results and the use of peer tutoring are discussed.

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