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Classwide Peer Tutoring

  • By: Anna Struckman
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

Classwide Peer Tutoring (CWPT) is an instructional strategy focused on increasing active responding, improving academic achievement, and enhancing interpersonal relationships in the classroom. Research suggests that CWPT is an effective form of tutoring, especially with diverse populations, including students who have learning difficulties (i.e., learning disabilities, mental retardation), have limited English proficiency, or are economically disadvantaged. The core components of CWPT include content development, weekly assessments, training teachers and students, peer pairing (pairing of students), individual and group contingencies (rewards provided to an individual student or group of students for their work effort), and structured tutoring sessions.

In CWPT, the teacher organizes materials for classroom instruction into daily and weekly units based on the current curriculum. The amount of material assigned should be set so that ...

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