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ERIC Number: ED139753
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Experimental Investigation of Peer Teaching. Final Report.
Henkin, Leon; And Others
The "Alternatives Through Peer Teaching" program, in which ninth graders teach a special mathematics curriculum to seventh graders, was developed to raise the achievement levels of low socioeconomic level students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. This final report details the history of the program, developed by Louis Schell, and evaluates its results. Section One presents the operation and structure used, characteristics of the ninth-grade peer teaching group, selection and screening process for peer teachers, the training program, supervisory procedures, and curriculum content. Section Two (the evaluation) is divided into two parts: (1) the effects of peer teaching on peer-taught students, presenting the subject group and sampling methods, results from the administration of five evaluation instruments, and supplementary results; and (2) the effects of peer teaching on the teachers themselves. The overall analyses indicate that peer teaching, as conducted in this program, produced significantly more beneficial effects on math achievement and ability than one or more of the comparison treatments; no differences between the peer teachers and their ninth-grade controls are found on any of the cognitive tests, though female peer teachers' attitudes and traits relevant to school achievement are significantly more positive than the controls. Statistical data and sample questions from each of the five evaluation instruments are included. The paper concludes with a discussion of the results and a list of references. (MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Lawrence Hall of Science.