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ERIC Number: ED314726
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 7
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Raising Spelling Scores through Peer Tutoring and Cooperative Groups.
Fowler, Elaine D.
Two techniques can be used to improve spelling scores and make spelling more interesting. The first technique is a combination of peer tutoring and the corrected-test technique. Students are paired as tutors and tutees on the basis of past spelling performance. The tutor gives a series of bi-weekly spelling tests to the tutee and helps with error correction. Research on this technique showed that all members of the class spelled more words correctly after peer tutoring than before, tutees made greater gains than their tutors, and attitudes about spelling became more positive. The second technique involves dividing the class into small groups which complete spelling exercises together. If the group is successful, members are rewarded with 15 minutes of free time; if all members of the group are not successful in scoring at least 80% on the test, they spend the 15 minutes reviewing the spelling words. This cooperative approach resulted in higher class achievement for the low spelling achievers and suggested that the better students also benefitted significantly. Both techniques utilize the positive aspects of more individualized instruction and increase student involvement. (One figure is included.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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