ERIC Number: ED332777
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Peer Tutor Training Programs: A League Report.
Designed to examine the nature and extent of peer tutoring and tutor training at community colleges, this report reviews the literature on the topic, describes a national study conducted by the League for Innovation in the Community College (LICC), and reports on a survey of the attitudes of peer tutors at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in Kansas. Chapter 1 discusses the pivotal role peer tutors can play in assisting the large numbers of academically underprepared students who attend "open door" colleges, and provides an overview of JCCC's peer tutor training program. In chapter 2, the literature review is presented, covering the history of peer tutoring, the rationale for tutoring, characteristics of tutor training, specific programs, training techniques, and evaluation. This chapter concludes with a 78-item bibliography. The LICC study is presented in chapter 3, which examines its purpose, methodology, proposed analysis, survey results and implications, and includes a directory of League peer tutor training programs. The LICC study revealed that although most of the responding colleges (N=23) employed peer tutors as a means to assist the underprepared student, few had training programs for their tutors. In chapter 4, the purpose, methodology, proposed analysis, and survey results of the JCCC study of 21 peer tutors employed by the Math, Academic Achievement, and Writing centers are presented. Key findings reported include: (1) respondents ranked patience, a positive attitude, and understanding as the most important personal qualities a peer tutor should possess; and (2) the tutors ranked knowledge of subject and interpersonal skills high. Finally, chapter 5 provides a conclusion and proposes a model for peer tutor programs. Appendixes contain the survey instruments, and verbatim comments from responses to the League survey. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS.; League for Innovation in the Community Coll., Laguna Hills, CA.