Behavioural Peer Tutoring

Training 16-year-old tutors to employ the ‘pause, prompt and praise’ method with 12-year-old remedial readers

Kevin Wheldall, Paul Mettem

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Abstract

Eight 16-year-old, low achieving pupils were trained to tutor reading using the ‘Pause, Prompt and Praise’ method. The effectiveness of training such tutors was investigated through a tutorial programme in which these eight older pupils tutored eight 12-year-old remedial children who were retarded in reading. The programme consisted of 24 tutorial sessions conducted over eight weeks. Two matched control groups of remedial readers were also included in the experiment. One consisted of eight pupils tutored by a group of eight untrained tutors who tutored during the same sessions using the same materials. The second control group consisted of a third group of remedial readers who read silently, without a tutor. The experimental group of tutees, who had a mean pre-test reading age of 8 years 4 months, made a mean gain of 6 months in reading accuracy by the end of the programme. The tutees of control group I who had received tutoring from untrained tutors made a mean gain of 2.4 months. The pupils of control group II who read silently without a tutor made a mean gain of 1.8 months. Analysis of covariance showed the gains of the experimental group to be statistically significantly different from the gains of the two control groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-44
Number of pages18
JournalEducational Psychology
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1985
Externally publishedYes

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