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Peer Tutoring

  • By: Marika Ginsburg-Block
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

Peer tutoring is an instructional strategy that uses pairs of students to teach one another academic skills. Peer tutoring has been used successfully across a wide range of students, subject areas, educational settings, and grade levels. It is a promising strategy for diverse students including low income, ethnic minority, and language minority students. This strategy has been implemented to enhance student learning in the areas of mathematics, reading, spelling, social studies, science, and history. Peer tutoring has been used in regular and special education settings with students of all abilities and grade levels. As opposed to more traditional teacher-led models of instruction, peer tutoring has the advantage of engaging students in active rather than passive learning. It enables the classroom teacher to serve as a ...

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