ERIC Number: ED154372
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Selecting Effective Peer Tutors.
Wood, Nancy V.
A procedure for selecting peer tutors has been developed at the University of Texas at El Paso. Applicants who meet the required qualifications which include being of sophomore standing or above and maintaining at least a "B" average--are interviewed by staff members who examine applicants' grade transcripts and note a variety of factors related to their backgrounds and abilities. Faculty members who have taught the applicants are then asked their opinions of them. Next, the applicants are asked to consider a typical student tutoring problem and are videotaped in five-minute mock tutoring sessions in which they demonstrate their handling of the problem. Staff members view the tapes and determine the applicants' effectiveness in a number of areas, including knowledge of subject matter, clarity of expression, and teaching techniques; they then meet to compare their evaluations and to arrive at tentative hiring decisions. Finally, the prospective tutors take Cloze procedure tests devised from textbooks in current use as a check on their reading ability. This tutor selection process results in the selection of highly motivated and capable tutors. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Western College Reading Association (11th, Long Beach, California, March 16-19, 1978)